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|Paws Tourney Night|
Time for Some Fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For more information you can visit Paws at their web site http://www.angelfire.com/mi2/cityofpaws/pawsoutpost.html
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 11:58 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Pale Ones, Ravens, and Questions, Oh My!|
Well, where am I to begin? At the beginning I would suppose, but how to start... (ponders and then shrugs) Well, here goes... It all started when I was talking with Raistlia at the "Y" about her upcoming with Xornicon this Saturday when Lady Birmingham came in and asked if she could speak with McCoy and myself in private.
In going upstairs, LB started to talk about a possibility of invasion or attack from what she called the Pale Ones or "Aliens." It would seem that she had been able to procure a sample of some blood from one of the "creatures" at the destruction site of the Mage Tower. Her findings, to her mostly, were quite distressing. It appears that the blood is indicating that the Pale Ones are not of human origin, but of a reptilian nature, which would coincide with the lizardmen attacking the Mage Tower.
LB kept commenting that the "Aliens" are not of this world and are popping up all over in some sort of human form. During this conversation, one of the "Aliens" happened to show itself outside of the "Y" to the east and when I commented that I had never seen one, there she was.
Her name was Lora and she was a healer of sorts, at least as far as could be made out. She seemed to be quite timid and when I tried to speak with her, she just blinked. Whether she could understand or not was not made apparent, but Raistlia did make some sort of progress in the form of a "peace token" by sharing food with her.
Any efforts to keep Lora at ease to try and find out more about her and her kind were unsuccessful due to LB's yelling at Lora and her accusations of Lora not being human and a threat to the people of Britannia. All this did was scare Lora off and she ran into the woods and vanished. There were also a lot of ravens popping up around us before Lora left and maybe this had something to do with her leaving as well.
It has been reported to me the following which was found on Sonoma Notepads by Drizzt of Moonglow:
Here are a few more facts about the pale ones and their apparent counterparts, the ravens:
What we know:
* Pale ones are reptilian in nature
What we do not know:
* We do not know which pale one it was that led the invasion of Moonglow. It may as well have been Parnell himself as far as we can tell--we could not identify him.
And now, here's your daily dose of cliches and platitudes. Beware of casual dismissal of these most basic of truths:
--The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
--To ensure peace is to prepare for war.
Reader, reach your own conclusions about Parnell's race, in your own time. Perhaps we do not have enough evidence yet for you to do so--we certainly do not have all the facts.
It was also reported that Parnell loves the taste of human flesh and that he is a dragon of some sort, but that has yet to be confirmed. Shortly after Lora left a discussion broke out between Justin Allard, Lady Birmingham, Kira, and a few others about the Pale One's origins, intentions, and anatomy. Needless to say this was quite fruitless and when Bones and I went back in front of the "Y" to look around one more time for Lora, a raven showed up and began to circle about us.
There is much that we do not understand about these Pale Ones and these ravens. So much so that we should not jump to any conclusions until we have a better understanding of these two "new" species. Let us do what Drizzt suggested and try to find out more about Parnell and his race as well as the ravens that seem to follow them and let us hope that the best laid intentions do not pave our road to hell. May the Great I Am guide and protect us through these unpredictable times.
Safe Journeys, signing off, this is...
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 2:47 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|AznKain.com Releases Issue 1 of Kain's Comic|
|This just in from Kain at AznKain.com: |
Make sure to have your volume turned up with this one, as the music adds a lot to the atmosphere of the comic strip.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 2:42 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
|Items & Artifacts Section revamped! Looking for submissions!|
After much toiling, I have redone the Items & Artifacts Compendium we have here at Stratics. It is now shard based, and much easier to navigate. With this done, we are now looking for submissions! Now, not any item will be accepted, this compendium is specifically for items retrieved in quests run by OSI. Typically these items are specially named and/or have a different color than other normal items. If you have an item or artifact submission, or are wondering but not sure if the item you have qualifies, please contact us here. The item will have to be verified by one of the Stratics Staff before it is put up. I am eagerly looking forward to your submissions!
Walk in Darkness,
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 2:25 PM EDT by Lucus (QuestandEventNews)|
|Lots new at HMGComics|
|This just in from Rentaur from HMGComics: |
Hey hey hey! Theres a google of new stuff at HMGComics!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 2:08 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
|May I Have Your Attention Please!|
This Saturday, June 3rd, at 6pm PST at the Moonglow Lyceaum in Feluccia there will be a wedding held of grand proportions. Raistlia, Major of the Arcadian First and Only, will be given away by Ibram Gaunt to Xornicon Altair, of the guild Virtue Bane. Raistlia's Maid of Honor will be Miraj and the 1st will be the Honor Guard to all processions. Xorn's best man will be announced at the wedding.
This event will be a public event for all to attend. Gifts are not necessary, but are appreciated. It is also asked that in the event that you do bring something for the bride and groom that when you sign in their guest book that you would please include what you brought so that the two soon to be newly weds can give their thanks accordingly. Shortly after the wedding, a reception will be held at the Journeys End Tavern in Moonglow, Feluccia. This is where the guest book can be signed and where gifts will be accepted.
If enough prodding and provoking can be done, I am sure that the lovely couple will be happy to share with you their tale of how they met, how they fell in love, and why they even got married. Dancing, music, and perhaps some poetry will be read at the function. Some time during the reception, Raistlia and Xorn will most likely try to sneak off without being seen to go on their honeymoon to some remote and unknown location. (This of course is to be done to prevent any practical jokes being done to the horses being lifted up on wooden blocks, doors to the honeymoon cottage being nailed shut or itching powder placed in the sheets.)
Fun, and a lot of ale, are to be had by all who attend so make a point to drop by and give your best wishes to the two soon to be Mr and Mrs Altair.
See you there!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 1:26 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Contest at the Journeys End Tavern|
Announcin' the second night of tale and song form the little tavern in Moonglow known as "The Journey's End". (As well as a few other names I do nae have to mention) The Lady Tatcyn has graciously offered to run these nights of tale and song, and tis she who named it so eloquently.
And so I shall put out the call; Come one Come all! Bring us your tales and your song, your gossip on the legends of our lands, and your ears for hearin a fine story or two. A vote at the end of the eve will chose the best tale or song of the night. That winner shall receive a purse of 5,000 gold. So come, and share an eve with a story or two this Thursday night, June 1st.
The Journeys End Tavern In Moonglow, Feluccia. Just south of the Encyclopedia Magika. 9:00PM PST
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 12:56 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Jinx Interviews Tyrant|
|Jinx is at it again, this time with Tyrant. Another great interview, this one filled with lots of excellent information (and some drive-you-crazy-can't-reveal-all-our-secrets stuff), including a lot about Housing, what their plans are for the future of UO, and other fun stuff like the Word Association Game. Enjoy :)|
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 12:40 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Chaos and Order Battle in the Streets|
|As Minax rests after breaking the world, the citizens of Sosaria fight amoungst themselves. |
Chaos and Order had a rather large clash on Tuesday night. It seems that Order was in force around the East Britain bank protecting their land from whatever monsters or villains appear. Here they are shown, lined up proudly displaying their virtuous shields to the public.
It seems the citizens of Sosaria are doing Minax's job for her, no?
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 11:29 AM EDT by Sha'mad Conde (Oceania)|
|20% Discount to UO Players for BlackICE|
|The following was just posted to the Alert Section of the Ultima Online Website: |
Special Software Offer for UO Players: BlackICE Defender
To take advantage of the Special Discount, head on over to the UO Discount Page for this product.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 8:18 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|'Mimic' in Britannia?|
|As many may probably know, a mimic is a creature that immitates inanimate objects, typically treasure chests, and attacks when its victim comes near (or opens it, in the case of treasure chests). We received the following tale from a reader, which definitely proves to be of interest:|
Okay this was fairly peculiar evening... Was walking around, minding my own business, and the business of a few trolls and ettins and such... when, from nowhere this wall jumps out and attacks me...
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 8:08 AM EDT by Ima Supa (Catskills)|
|Warning to Kinship Tavern patrons..|
|We received the following warning to Kinship Tavern patrons:|
Kinship Tavern patrons,Thanks for the warning, m'lady.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 8:01 AM EDT by Ima Supa (Catskills)|
|Book penned by Minax found?|
|We received the following scroll from a concerned citizen, regarding a book he found on a corpse claiming to have been written by Minax herself:|
About 3 to 4 weeks ago, a gate opened up on the eastern shore of Skara Brae and the undead minions of Minax poured out of the gate. Brave warriors and mages of Britannia rushed to the site and was able to slaughter these foul creatures. After an inventory of the undead possessions, I came across a book written by none other than Minax. Unfortunately due to the affairs of my land holdings, I did not realize the importance of my find until now. This book may hold the key to taking back our lands. However, I will need the good citizens of Britannia to help decipher the secret code contained within the book.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 7:59 AM EDT by Ima Supa (Catskills)|
|Announcing Trinsic Tuesday Night's Flea Market|
|We received the following announcement:|
Please note that this event will occur on the Trammel Facet of Britannia.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 7:53 AM EDT by Ima Supa (Catskills)|
|Mayor of Trinsic Returns!|
|This was sent to us by the esteemed Theo, Mayor of Trinsic: |
Hail Friends and citizens!
It is certainly good to see an old familiar face back in Trinsic. Welcome back Theo, you were dearly missed and I am sure you will be embraced with open arms. May Mondain guide you well on your chosen path.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 6:20 AM EDT by Endren Fenixfyre (GreatLakes)|
|Get Your Character Drawn|
|Looks like we have a great new service for the UO Community: |
I make pictures of your caracters in UO. For free :)
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 6:18 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|UO Character Paintings|
The community's latest cry:
Comic style paintings of your UO character. - Eternia's free drawing service
makes it possible. Pictures can be requested by email and will be published
to her webpage.
Click on Eternia's name to send her a letter, or just head over to
her homepage, which can be found here:
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 6:13 AM EDT by Casanova (CandidCoverage)|
|Help needed in Haven!|
|We have recieved the following event information for [young] players: |
Jilla needs your help to clear her husbands name. He has committed murders and wants to repent his sins. Please come to the Haven Bank at 9pm pst on Tuesday the 30th of may to help.Ed. note: please note that the above event is only available to players who are [young].
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 4:33 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Orcs, Orcs, and more Orcs|
|We have recieved the following: |
On Friday night, Jaerik and Janos Antero led a group of brave adventurers to try and find out exactly what the truth was behind Parnell's warnings of war between the 'snow orcs' and the al'Suq (or, the 'snow people' as he calls them). Ibn was called away at the last moment to a council meeting, so we were left to fend for ourselves in the hostile lands of Glacia. Undaunted, and more than a little foolhardy, our group immediately set off for the New Lands. Using Papua as a jumping off point, we then opened gates to the tree that stands where Yasmine was once imprisoned in ice. From there, we thought, it would be a pleasant walk to the caverns of Ice, where a tribe of orcs is known to live.Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 4:31 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Spiritwood Tavern Meet Market!|
|I was handed this note from Fenris, of Spiritwood. |
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 3:28 AM EDT by FireFox (Europa)|
|Atriarch Stratics needs your Creativity|
|I'm quite pleased to introduce a new Atriarch related contest for you all! |
Ever think you'd make a great PR guy? Maybe you're great a gimmicks or jingles... Whatever your skills might be I'm sure you can have a good chance of winning this new contest.
Come up with a new Atriarch slogan
It can be serious, funny, bizarre, whatever =) The important thing is that you do it soon! This contest will end July 3rd, so get your entries in before it's too late.
Head over to our Contest page to check it out now!
Thank you deeply,
|Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 2:54 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Fight Night Studs|
Grimoire Fight Night Results for (5/26/2000)
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 11:58 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|The Baja Quest News Page|
|I recieved this from Niobe:|
Crossroads of Britannia welcomes our newest quest site into the fold. Introducing the Baja Quest News for all the latest news, quest and events on the Baja shard. The BQN has the latest information on player venues, Seer quests and RPC's and an extensive board listing of Baja's favorite haunts.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 11:30 AM EDT by Jacob (Baja)|
|Famous Brigand Gangs Decimated|
| The Yew ORKs were trying to learn the basics of battling tactics when a strange golden wisp entered the fort. It looked as if, perfectly knowing the area, he was in search of something or someone. As the Clan gathered around the unique being, not knowing if such a peculiar intruder should be fought off or observed, the golden wisp melted and took another shape, that of a Shadow-armored human. |
The situation, he explained, was quite simple. The most famous brigand gang of the Yew area was expected to meet tonight one of the leaders of a Vesper gang in a secret location. They were expected to plan a union of their families by settling a wedding between Hubert Schatzheimer of Yew and Carlotta Valentina of Vesper. Emilio Valentina should be caught alive and all others killed, as only he knew the Valentinas' hideout location.
The scouts soon came back to inform their leaders that unusual human activity surrounded the ruins to the east of the fort. A large party then left to attack the meeting place. Many brigands and bodyguards were killed, including the whole Schatzheimer family, and Emilio was finally caught and disarmed.
After a short time, the gathering troops were joined by VinYafod, Councilmaster of the Council of Yew, and emissaries of the Mage Tower, among which was Hellspawn, the Keeper of the Stone. They entered the dungeon Covetous, and after a short time, found a door leading to the open, where a troop of unsuspecting brigands were waiting for Emilio to return.
When all came to an end, and the raiding party counted its casualties, the black horseman could be seen, looking from afar, seemingly to observe the outcome of the battle...
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 11:20 AM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Chickens Chickens Everywhere!|
|I recieved this from an unknown person:|
Today as I recalled into the town of Moonglow...I heard a faint sound....."Mooooo!" What! Cows? Here in Moonglow!? Can't be...then as I walked forward I noticed a mage..rambling on about how he tried to summon just one chicken, but the spell must have gone haywaire! It seems the town of Moonglow was under a full attack!
Thank you for this interesting piece of news!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 7:29 AM EDT by Jacob (Baja)|
|The Golden Brew Chess Tournament|
|I recieved this from Kristoffer:|
Test your real life wits rather than artificial skills in Baja's first Golden Brew Chess Tournament. How many of you out there can say that you're Baja's greatest chess player? No one, because it has never been put to the test. Well now is your chance to get some serious bragging rights. There is no entrance fee, and all you need to do to register is to contact me via ICQ with your character name. The competition will begin on Sunday, June 11 at 10:00am Pacific time (1:00pm eastern). The tournament will be single elimination, which means if you lose, you're done. So don't lose :p
Thank you and good luck with your tournament!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 7:23 AM EDT by Jacob (Baja)|
|On Holy Ground|
|We were fighting for weeks now in the "City of Trinsic". It was the loveliest city in all of Britannia it was our city. The undead had slipped through our defenses one day and began a long and bloody siege. In the first days of the fighting, the undead killed many woman and children in sneak attacks. They seem to know when our warriors were resting, or healing their wound. The undead must have planed well their tactics. For they planed attacks on other cites seemingly to draw our fighters away so they could sneak in under the walls of our city to murder again the innocent. We ran when they came and crawled into holes and slipped into our hiding places. We some how held on until our warriors arrived to save us. I remember fighting from my hiding place many times every day and looking down the cobbled stoned streets of Trinsic watching our warriors fighting their way toward me, to save me! I thought! I could see woman and children slipping from there hiding places when the warriors passing by them fighting in a bloody struggle from street to street. We would offer the warriors what little food or healing or comfort we could do for them. Our hopes were always that they would come back to save us again. The fighting became bloodier as days and weeks went by. My mind no longer on things a young woman should be doing. My heart seemed to be dying with every brutal death of each citizen and warrior I saw lying in a twisted unnatural form. I was learning to hate and with my hate I was learning to survive my desire for survival became the most important thing in my life during those times. My mother had taught me never to hate and I have always cherished what she taught me. She is a loving and compassionate and caring lady and I have always tried to be as much like her as I can. But this war was changing me it was teaching me to be every thing she did not want me to become. I would lay in my sleep many nights struggling and I would awaken crying and feeling her presents near me and asking for her forgiveness. There are many untold bloody battles one for every street in Trinsic. But the battle I remember the most is the battle for the barracks; the undead Bone Knights were coming from the top of the hill in columns. Our warriors made a line at the bottom of the hill I was standing behind them trying to heal the wounded and with my bow I was trying to help them. And the Tamers with their Dragons were beside me and still the flow of evil flowed past us, just staying alive meant retreating and only to run back up the hill to try and heal the warriors. I remember gliding down to my knees crying as I watched the flow of ghost's of our warriors flowing like a stream down from the top of the hill. I could see waves of our warriors going up that hill and they never came back down again. The fighting lasted for weeks and the fierceness for many battles on every street was much this way. The sacrifice of these brave warriors to fight and fall and heal and to run back into battle picking up any weapons from the ground or the dead only to fight and fall again. Their heroic actions were nothing less then "above and beyond" their heroic sacrifice has made our city of Trinsic "Holy Ground" Tiera TTC|
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 7:10 AM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|IFC Festival of Vitrues Continues!|
What an amazing story. Come and join the IFC's Festival Of Virtues. Have a good time and be civil!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 6:23 AM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|A New Communication Resource for Yew|
|I received this scroll a short time ago. |
I'd like to announce that Yew has finaly registered an IRC room. It is on the irc.stratics.com server and the room is #Yew-atl. This room will primarily be used by the Militia to coordinate their efforts. Should you have an emergency and need to get in touch with us, you may use this room. Although the Yew Militia is not an anti-pk guild, if we have enough people we may assist you against murderers. We hope to see you all there sometime, stop in and say hello!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 3:18 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Trinsic Council Calls for a Summit|
Greetings ladies and gentlemen,
|Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2000, 1:45 AM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|CoH seeks council members|
|The Moonglow Council of Honesty has two council seats open and is currently accepting applications for the positions from interested individuals. Please contact me if you would like to apply. Please include your name, ICQ number, e-mail address, amount of time playing on Lake Superior, and a brief explanation of why you are interested in the position and what you feel you can add to the council.|
Applications will be accepted until June 10, 2000. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview with the council. These interviews will begin by approximately June 15, 2000. I thank you all for your interest.
|Posted on Monday, May 29, 2000, 10:54 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|No HC meeting tonight|
|30th Assembly of the 5th High Council|
The regularly scheduled High Council meeting set for Monday, May 29th, has been post-poned to Monday, June 5th.
Date: Monday, June 5th, 2000
Time: 10PM EDT/9PM CDT
Location: Magincia Parliament Building, Trammel Facet.
In addition we plan to complete the selection process for the 5th Seat of the Council representing Valor and the city of Jhelom in time for the 30th Assembly.
|Posted on Monday, May 29, 2000, 10:37 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|DM Storytelling contest|
|This just in from OUSS's own Endren Fenixfyre: |
Ever fancy having the power to hold an audiences attention captive by the very threads of your own words? Well this is your chance. On Monday, May 30th at 9:00 pm est, The Disciples of Mondain will be holding its first annual story telling contest at the Temple of Mondain. First prize will be awarded 10k in gold while second prize will be awared 5k in gold. The stories will be judged by Mordain and Endren Fenixfyre of the Disciples of Mondain. So come one, come all and show Britannia you have what it takes to weave your way through the audiences emotions and imagination. The Temple of Mondain is located at 69o 20'N, 43o 6E in Trammel. Runes to the temple can also be found at player run establishments such as The Museum of Memories, Sandlewood Box, The North Sentry TUR Village, RD's Storefront and Auction Place and Krista's Ranger Station.
|Posted on Monday, May 29, 2000, 2:13 PM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Tuesday Night Fights!|
Greetings all !
|Posted on Monday, May 29, 2000, 8:49 AM EDT by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|Lana goes missing|
That poor soul. If any of you folk out there have any knowledge of her whereabouts, please send it to me, and I will pass it onto Morg.
|Posted on Monday, May 29, 2000, 2:43 AM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|Posted on Monday, May 29, 2000, 2:20 AM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|UO Celebrity Chat! Special Guest: Midas|
|Join us for Behind the Music in #ultima-online, Monday June 5th at 7:00pm CST. Our Celebrity Guest will be Midas, from the mp3 parody site located at http://www.digiphobia.com/ultimasongs. For the past few months, Midas has been creating songs based on UO, ranging from such enduring classics as "We will roxxu" to the moving "Don't bank so close to me". This Monday at UOCC, he will be online to answer your questions about his work, his online life, and the experiences behind his songs. |
#ultima-online is the 24 hour chatroom brought to you by Stratics IRC. You can access the Stratics network via the following servers, or by using our JAVA IRC client located at http://uo.stratics.com/irc
Visit us Monday the 5th to meet our special guest, Midas. Or, drop in any time for tips, news, and general conversation about Ultima Online.
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 8:50 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Mordain Enters the Fray!|
|This just in from UOSS's own Red William: |
In a startling turn of events, the known guild of the Disciples of Mondain (DM), have joined forces with OGD, The Sandlewood Box, and the Cities of the Gold one in defeating the Black one and his minions, which now include the Bloodrock Orcs, and the BDA (Drow Mercenaries).
It turns out that the DM guild was met by the Black one's messenger, who offered an alliance, in the hopes to crush the cities of the Gold one and take the 7 fragments of the Gold tome. Mordain refused, stating that he did not like the idea of a world ruled in chaos. This angered the dragon and he resorted to threats and browbeating. This only infuriated Mordain, and sent the Black one's slave back in a backpack.
The Members of DM have also taken a liking to Ryak of Sandlewood, and have devoted themselves to his protection, due to the recent reports of threats being made on his life by the drow, and an actual assassination attempt being made not long ago. According to sources close to Sandlewood, Ryak was led into a cave under a false distress message, and was trapped in the cave, with an energy vortex ready to slay him. It was only by quick feet and a handy recall spell that saved his life that day.
Nothing is planned at this time concerning the alliance, since it is in initial stages. The balance of power has begun to shift into an even stand, with the cities of the gold one and DM, against the Black one, Bloodrock, and BDA. Promises to be quite a show.
OGD Website (OGD): http://golddragon.uoguilds.com
Disciples of Mondain (DM): http://home.earthlink.net/~draben1/
Bregan D'aerth (BDA):http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Labyrinth/5425/
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 4:52 PM EDT by Endren Fenixfyre (GreatLakes)|
|The Consensus Opens to the Public|
The Charter of the Consensus
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 4:03 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|The Return of Fight Night|
|We have recieved the following: |
Greetings and Well Met Friends of Sonoma:Thanks!
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 12:41 PM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Evil Stronghold of Scythe Opens|
|This was posted on the Dark Tower's message board by Miriam:|
The city of Scythe opened last eve amid a flurry of activity. Preparations for the gathering were hurried along as the hours to the opening ceremony grew shorter. Food, drink, and puppies were gathered from across Sosaria.
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 11:35 AM EDT by Jacob (Baja)|
|Dawn Mage Tower Saved|
|I recieved this from WildStar|
Last night the Murderer Lord Mordrok tried to take the Dawn Mage Tower from the Kingdom of Dawn by force. After a long and fierce battle against his summoned creatures which included many fire elementals and hell hounds, Mordrok disappeared from the battlefield after he realized we would not bow to his demands. I can tell you this, the man is quite mad. He told me that if I told him his white hat looked nice he would leave. I responded by saying "You will leave in a body bag." However he was not the only thing we had to deal with this night. Members of the Dark Tower who appear to be working for Mordrok entered the tower while we were busy fighting the spawn and blocked the doors from the inside. After making sure Mordrok was not in the area, we preceded to break down their magical barriers and enter the tower. They had set the bottom floor of the tower on fire with walls and walls of flame. After clearing the walls of flame and a long standoff, they left the tower and we proceeded to celebrate our small victory over Mordrok with food and drink. I am sure Mordrok will return but who knows what his intentions will be.
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 5:11 AM EDT by Jacob (Baja)|
|***IMANEWBIE does BRITANNIA*** New 'Toons! #109|
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 4:22 AM EDT by Beastmaster Josh (CandidCoverage)|
|The Rants of Faustian|
|An interesting new Rant site has just been put up. Here is a letter from the editor of the site: |
The gaming industry has grown alot in the past years. It's advanced from text based muds to basic graphical games to the complex, in-depth games of the near future. Despite all these advances, there are still alot of fundamental problems with the games that concern all players, yet don't seem to get addressed by gaming companies.
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 1:54 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Lost In UO - "A Bug's Life" and "PK-Guildmaster"|
|This just in from the creators of Lost in UO: |
Lost in UO - Bug Alert!
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 1:47 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
|Computer Games Online Reviews UO:R|
|Looking for a good review of UO:Renaissance? Then look no further. Computer Games Online has just finished writing up a great Review of UO:R. If you are curious as to what the upgrade is all about, then make sure to check it out. Here is a short snippet: |
All in all, it seems that Origin has made a good choice-providing the safe, more friendly environment that many players demand, but without crippling their original system and disappointing its die-hard devotees. If you abandoned Ultima Online for EverQuest or Asheron's Call because you didn't appreciate being the target of every adolescent power tripper with an enchanted sword, you may want to give it another try.
|Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2000, 1:44 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Another Sighting of the Black Horseman|
|We received the following news from Gurg, [ORK] of Yew. |
"Me wuz out clomping when mez got a parrot whu sed dat dem black horsieman wuz at our furt... Mez ran half wayz cross der land to the furt and wen me got der, mez saw meny ologs dat were in der furt attacking all dem humies and urks dat were wuz in dere. We wuz fiting fur a lung time and only one of uz uruks die. Dem Council uf Yew come tu help, but dem wuz late.Thanks a lot Gurg for this report.
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 6:48 PM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Arx Draconis Holiday Weekend Blowout|
Well, its a big holiday weekend this weekend. Sun, Friends and Fun are on the menu for many people who are heading out of town to the beach. For those of you sticking around, we have a fun event lined up for you this weekend!! Its the Arx Draconis Memorial Day weekend Blowout Lottery!!
Sounds like fun! Thankye for the news, Dragons.
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 4:15 PM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|An End to The Gargoyles?:Clown Town Update|
|I received the following update on the gargoyle situation in Clown Town. |
An interesting story , thanks to Gloom "The Elder CLOWN" for sending it to us.
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 3:51 PM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|The Tournaments Begin!|
The Tournaments begin!
Finally, the time has come for the 8 dragon knights to be chosen. This report is coming in from the staff of the Sandlewood Box:
"And the last book will be upon a dark dragon, enemy of us and of our people. He shall come from the darkness that he sends the others from. None will be able to harm him. Only by the eight virtues, and the eight who will become Dragon Knights may he be defeated. So it is that you must seek out, one from each of the plagued villages attacked for their love of the virtues and their strong hearts, a knight to stand against the dark dragon. Each village shall decide upon a quest, a challenge, to determine this warrior, and each shall invite whom they will of family and of friend to accept the challenge. The last, the eighth warrior, may come from anywhere in this land except from the cities plagued." - Narcalodian (Of the triad, Love) Child of the Gold One
The dark dragon that Narcalodian prophesied about is none other than The Black One. This giant beast has been sighted across the lands of Britannia, wreaking havoc and chaos upon fine towns such as Tur Village, Dragons Point, Dragons Bay, Draconia, Rhuidean, and establishments such as Krista's Ranger Station and Sandlewood Box. Each site that has come under recent attack, had uncovered 1 of the 8 fragments of the Gold One's Tome of Virtue. The dragon's thirst for chaos has yet to be quenched. While the citizens of the realm have been victorious in some minor skirmishes and battles, the war seems to be tipping in the dragon's favor. The eight Dragon Knights must be chosen and chosen soon. Narcalodian, Child of the Gold One, foretold that only by the virtues and the eight Dragon Knights can the Black One be defeated.
It is our honor and responsibility at The Sandlewood Box to choose one of the eight Dragon Knights. We are happy to announce that our tournament has already begun. The staff at Sandlewood has kept a keen eye open to all those who have helped in the defense of the tavern during the last four weeks of turmoil. From the first attack of the Bloodrock orcs, to the most recent attack of dragons, lich lords, and acid elementals, we have been searching for ideal Dragon Knight. Qualities that are being assessed and judged are:
Those who question Sandlewood staff about whether or not they can be the Dragon Knight will subsequently be taken off the possible candidate list. In other words, asking one of the Sandlewood staff "Can I be the Dragon Knight?" will undoubtedly void your chance. Those wishing to become the Dragon Knight need not come to us. When we have decided, we will come to you.
Let it be known that on June 5th at approximately 9:00pm under the Central Skies, Sandlewood's Dragon Knight will be announced. An small knighting ceremony will take place followed by a brief celebration. While the naming of this Dragon Knight is worth celebrating, we must show care not to be boastful or proud. The true celebration and victory party can be held when the Black One is defeated and the Gold One's Tome of Virtues is fully restored!
The Sandlewood Box Representative Council
Ryak, XTerra, Ilkoryne, and Anduin
At the time of this report, the rules for the Dragon knights of OGD have been finalized. The first test will be at the Throne room of Lord British's castle at Trammel for OGD and allied guilds only, with the 8th being selected after the other 7 at Dragon's bay as well. Rules for OGD's Tournament will be found athttp://www.golddragon.uoguilds.com/dknight.htm. The other cities will be appearing shortly as well.
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 10:53 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Party at the Salty Dog|
|I saw this on the offical UO web site and thought I'd let my faithful Stratics readers in on the party. |
Sponsor: The Three Musketeers
You can contact them at [email protected]
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 9:06 AM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Golden Dread Spider Slain! Mithrandir Claims Beasts Heart!|
|We have recieved the following: |
The first ever ranger's hunt sponsored by The Journey's End Tavern in Moonglow ended in a reward of gold and a grand tale to be told! Gerald Montil, the wealthy old ranger who donates the prize of 10,000 gold for the hunt seemed more than pleased at the results of the night's sport. After a small trek into the wet lands of the Trinsic Swamps, Mithrandir of Sinn Fein, member of the AOL guild, came out with the "heart of the golden dread spider" in hand.Thanks!
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 8:45 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Seeking Tales of Cities: Britain|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the UO website: |
Seeking Tales of Britannian Cities - Britain
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 7:02 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Hail All! |
Sad news! Akasha, log time member of the Drachenfels community has destroyed her castle and left forever. This artist's rendering from the Drachenfel's Rares Guide, depicts the circumstances of this sad event.
Go with the Virtues!
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 6:03 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|Death Knights Joust at Asylum Casino in Caina Tonight!|
|I was just handed this scroll from the City of Caina. |
Greetings mortals,I thank you for the notice, Nephilim. Best of luck to the combatants, we look forward to hearing the outcome of this event.
Yours in the Light,
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 6:00 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Festival of the Spring Moon|
|Hail All! |
More news from the UO Home Office:
"Hear ye, hear ye! If thou art a real roleplayer on Drachenfels, wanting to get new impressions and new friends, just join the Children of the Spring (Kinder der Quelle) in one of their most important religious celebrations.We thank Ariennye Sienae, Guildmistress and High Priestress of the Kinder der Quelle, for this information.
Go with the virtues!
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 5:58 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|Sixth Dragon Auction Announced|
|Hail All! |
The Dragon Clan has announced their sixth auction:
"We have scheduled our sixth in-game auction for May 28 at 8pm GMT in Dragon Town at the roof of the merchant tower. You can bring your item and Zarzal Dragon will try to sell it. PLEASE leave your horse at home!"For full details of the Dragon Town auctions, as well as for a useful map, please visit the Dragon Clan and follow the "Auction" link. We thank Zarzal Dragon for this information.
Go with the virtues!
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 5:51 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|Nu J'elem Poetry Contest|
|Hail all! |
The UO Home Office has published the following report regarding a poetry contest in Nu J'elem:
"The Bruderschaft de Ingrimm will be holding a poetry contest on May 28 at 6:00PM GMT next to the bank of Nu J'elem, Trammel."The original text for this story can be found at UO Community News.
Go with the Virtues!
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 5:48 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|Another mad give-away|
|A chance to win more gold at Fenris' tavern: |
Thanks Fenris, and I'll have an ale while I'm at it please . . .
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 5:21 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Q & A with Adam Ant|
|For those of you who don't know about Adam Ant let me bring you up to speed. As the self-appointed protector for the liches in the dungeon Wind Adam has crossed swords with many other players as chronicled in his cartoon adventures. |
These cartoons are not like ImaNewbie, however, they are all real. Adam has created his own screen shot program (called Grabby) and the story is usually an account of how he spots someone in Wind, sneaks up on them, and engages them in combat. Much of the time he's victorious, sometimes he loses and occasionally they get away. It's always interesting...especially from a PvP perspective. I know I read those accounts trying to capture nuggets of info to help me become a better PvPer.
He goes into much more detail about his exploits on his web site http://www.adamant.uoguilds.com/, but we're going to concentrate today on his proposal for Angel Island. I came across it some time ago and thought it very detailed and interesting. Being somewhat skeptical, I figured it wouldn't go anywhere under OSI, but he's been getting a lot of support from the players and well...check out this Q & A session, go to the web site and see for yourself. Can one man change the world? Probably not, but with a legion of support behind him perhaps OSI will perk their little ears up and consider the possibility.
Pelle: So Adam, what is it you are trying to accomplish with the Angel Island Proposal?
Once again that web site is: http://www.adamant.uoguilds.com/
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 2:35 AM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|A Call to All Elves|
|Erelast Orcrist sent us the following announcement : |
Ai Edhel,Thanks Erelast ! May your kind be successful in this task...
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000, 1:26 AM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Moonglow Defense Force seeks assistance|
|Pattycat submitted this to us:|
Recruiting for the Moonglow Defense Force
Thanks, Paddy, and continue the good work!
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 11:53 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Swap Meet winners|
|The Swap Meet held in the Serpent's Hold war room last night was a smashing success. Watch for a series of articles and pictures of the event in the next couple of days - too much happened to cram it all into one article!|
Here is a list of winners and the prizes they've won. I'll be in contact with each of you to arrange for delivery of your gift.
Stratics would like to thank everyone who helped make this event so incredible: those who so generously donated door prizes; Melva, our "town cryer" who announced the event at the banks for us; the Siege Perilous volunteer team who, as always, gave their all; and most of all to the 40 players who came to participate - without your attendance and cooperation, none of this would have been possible.
I'll get the stories up as quickly as I can (though this will be a busy weekend for me as I am participating in the Austin Players' Gathering tonight and tomorrow.) If you would like to send a note expressing your feelings about the event, I will include your comments.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 11:34 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Elves of Sosaria Seek there Kin...|
Greetings one and all,
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 10:09 PM EDT by Multani (Oceania)|
|The Black One Strikes, Again!|
Once again, the city of Dragon's bay, the Sandlewood box, and Krista's ranger station all suffered at the hands of the Black one today. During the morning hours, the Sandlewood box and Dragon's bay were under severe attack from orcs, ettins, spiders, and serpents. Many good people died from mass poison and overwhelming odds during this battle. In Dragon's bay, OGD and friends of virtue joined forces in driving the Black one from the bayou, after he demanded the fragments of the tome of the Gold one. Sandlewood suffered just as badly from the black one at the same time, taking a severe beating from orcs, ettins and serpents. Ryak and the patrons of the Sandlewood fought against incalculable odds, yet were victorious.
The crisis however, would not end there. During the evening of the day, Sandlewood would be attacked again by the Black one, and the combined forces of Dragon's point, Dragon's Bay, CAD, HCD, TUR, and Sandlewood would fight in this battle. Not soon after, the residents of Krista's ranger station would also be assaulted by the black one's minions. Massive Reapers would appear at the steps of the ranger station, along with orcs and ettins in plenty. Elwynn, Miriamele Morgan, and various supporters of the establishment dealt with the infestation with swift retaliation.
Despite the jubilation, all was not well after that. The Drow elf guild known as BDA (Bregan D'Aerth) appeared at the Sandlewood box, and proclaimed that they would side with the Black one and fight for him. It was rumored that the BDA was also seeking to eliminate Ryak of Sandlewood, but has not been confirmed.
Meanwhile, the city of Dragon's bay remains on alert, and the citizens there have been instructed to remain vigilant during this time of war.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 4:29 PM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|Citizens meet to discuss possible council for Yew|
|"The idea would be to meet once a month and discuss current affairs in Yew and the world," Khelek Naure began, addressing the crowd who'd come to explore the possibilities for forming the Yew Council of Justice. "We could have an elected council or just a chairperson to run the meetings. I would hope that other cities would also form councils."|
Many guilds were represented there: PoC, OGE/CGG, YEW, LDH, OCA, and PTK. An open forum, people freely expressed their views and ideas concerning how the council might be shaped and what its functions would be.
One topic of discussion was the inclusion of some of Britannia's darker inhabitants. It was agreed that the council would be open for all to participate, regardless of demeanor or affiliation. Furie commented, "Mutual inter-guild cooperation is needed and the guilds must learn to help those not guilded and each other."
"What of the large red guilds? Would they be included, or at least invited?" Salo asked.
Furie responded, "We can only judge on actions, not on names. I have met many honorable GC."
The Yew council would be a starting point, the trailblazer for other towns and cities that might wish to organize councils of their own, then chose representatives from each of those council to participate in a council which attended to the concerns across the realm.
No policies or council business was decided that night. The purpose of this initial gathering was to test the waters for interest and cooperation. Finding that there would be ample amounts of both, a second meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 5 th. Details will be released as they become available.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 3:52 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|"Bunny Hunt" For Newbies|
|It's the newbies!! You have to love them! And here is a great event to get them started out in the world of Britannia: |
Attention Newbies! Join Us in a "Bunny Hunt"! Members of The Renshi Clan will be holding a special training event for new characters on the afternoon of May 27th! We will be meeting in the town of Moonglow (Trammel) on the Chesapeake shard at 1pm EST in the large field next to the bank. At 1:30pm, we will begin a two-hour journey through the Moonglow woodlands.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 2:29 PM EDT by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|Dark Tower opens Evil Stronghold of Scythe|
|I recieved this from Beldock:|
Hail all dark brethren and enemies! Everyone in the realm is hereby invited to attend our grand opening of Scythe on Saturday May 27 at 6pm PST! The Dark Tower is expanding its influence in the lands of Sosaria. We have claimed the peninsula, North of Trinsic Swamp as the foundation for our city. A new era of darkness shall be upon all, as we celebrate with food and drink. Events such as the ever popular, "Mordrok's Tear the Puppy", Sacrificing of Nobles, and of course drunken duels. The Master, Na-Krul will be on hand to deliver an opening speech and to show off our rather interesting collection of evil artifacts. Other buildings include, the magical research laboratory, which houses books on Ether.
Thank you Beldock, that is the kind of news I like!
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 9:12 AM EDT by Jacob (Baja)|
|Pirates attack Trinsic|
|I was at my home in Felucca editing some documents for Stratics when I suddenly received word - Trinsic was under siege once again. Grabbing some equipment I gated myself over just at the tail end of a nasty battle. Dead bodies littered the streets. My feet were covered with blood as I waded my way through. |
It seems pirates had swarmed into town with a few elementals backing them up. But these weren't any ordinary pirates...they were all women! I was hoping they be hot like Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island, but alas that wasn't the case. So, I chopped a few of them up and tried to find out what I had missed.
They came out of nowhere I was told. At least a hundred of them. An eyewitness, Bardo, relayed to me how the fighting was hot and heavy until someone's pet dragon made charbroil out of the wee lasses. After that point it was mop-up time.
So, the question is why are pirates attacking Trinsic? And why are they all women? Not that I mind...perhaps they come from a culture where the women fight and the men stay at home to cook.
If any of you pirate ladies are reading this I just want you to know I make a mean mongbat salad.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 7:40 AM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Ancient Tomes Found!|
|I just recieved this from Amairgen:|
On Buccaneer's Den during a recent meeting of mysterious nature, three ancient tomes were presented to Adian O'Rourke (Guildmaster - Rangers of the Realm).
Thank you for your news, quite interesting...
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 7:04 AM EDT by Jacob (Baja)|
|New Baja Reporter|
|Hail everyone, I am Jacob. I am the new reporter for Baja. I will try to bring you quick and informative news as often as I can. Just a little about my character. I have played since the just about 2 months after the release of UO and my main chararacter has always been Jacob. Right now he is a member of the Dark Tower and will be very happy to report on any news beneficial to them :) and not too happy about anything against them. Well, I hope to see you all in game and I hope you send in some interesting news.|
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 6:41 AM EDT by Jacob (Baja)|
|AD Treasure Map Runes Expand|
The Arx Draconis Treasure Map Rune Library continues to expand offering Atlantic shards players a great free, public service.Thankye, Cartman for this news.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 5:29 AM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Positions Available on Jhelom Council|
Thankye, Mayor, for this news.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 5:24 AM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|More info on the Gold one...|
|The following report comes in from Willow, Master Scribe:|
There me was, jus' a sittin outside of Sandlewood scribing a few of me favorite little spells to parchment, when me feels a strong wind a'blowing. Me hair quickly becomes tousled, falling or'e me eyes. Remembering the fine gentlemen nearby who had been sparring to help strengthen their muscles, I quickly brushed me hair from my eyes in the hopes of catchin' the eye of one of these fine warriors. To me owns dismay, when me eyes could see again, a black dragon near the size o' a small house be standing right there in front of everyone! 'Twas whispered by a few of the now defensive-minded warriors that this be the Black One himself! This beast begins telling us a lil' story so me grabs a new scroll from me backpack and starts penning down his words...
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 5:04 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Are you with us?|
|In my endless quest for knowledge and news, I often spend hours reading the various messageboards created by guilds and organizations, using links provided at one to find another.|
I am working now to update our own shard specific links section here at Stratics. Please check it out. If your website is not listed, please add it to our resource.
I am hoping to begin updating the Establishments section very soon and adding some Spotlight stories and interviews, which are currently works-in-progress. If you have suggestions for stories you'd like to see or know of something newsworthy we'd love to hear from you.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 4:57 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|The Search for The Silver Cauldron Fragment|
Most intriguing news, thankye, Zappa.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 4:57 AM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|The Battle Escalates|
|This just in from the BDA:|
Vendui Wealen Williams,
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 4:48 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Looking for a Few Good Pens|
|Are your shoes worn thin from traveling from town to town? Your voice hoarse and sore from speaking with citizens across Britannia? Have a knack for putting pen to paper and writing an excellent story? Then mayhaps UOSS' Oceania News Page is the place where you can not only show off your talent but help bring the community together with interesting, exciting stories and news items about Oceania and her citizens. |
UOSS is currently looking for active, talented citizens of Oceania to add to our crack team of top-notch Ultima Online reporters. As a volunteer you are required to:
Be a talented writer
Does the above describe you? Then what are you waiting for??? Apply... right now... do not hesitate! Simply fill out this brief questionnaire and fire off an email to [email protected] with "Oceania Application" as the subject.
Applications are due no later than midnight June 7, 2000. There will be no exceptions!!!
Good luck to all applicants!
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 4:33 AM EDT by Sha'mad Conde (Oceania)|
|BOW finds a new home at UO Stratics|
|With great pleasure I announce that the Britannia Order of Woodcrafters has chosen Stratics as its new home. If you wonder what BOW is, then read their charter: |
We are a guild of Bowyers, Carpenters, Tinkers, and Lumberjacks. Aligned together to help improve those crafts that are so important to us, and to make sure our crafts do not get over looked, and to make sure that any changes implemented will be changes that are needed to better our crafts. We are here to help other Bowyers, Carpenters, Tinkers, and Lumberjacks, in times of need, and to provide that last hope of glory in achieving the title of Grandmaster.Driving force behind BOW are the Shard Guildmasters in general and Jack Daniels II of Atlantic to be specific. Some of you may know Jack as moderator of our Carpenter and Lumberjack Forums.
I wish all BOW members a pleasant stay here :)
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 3:28 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|More than 500 UO Related Links|
|Today the UO Stratics Resource database reached a milestone. We now offer more than 500 links to websites that have something to do with Ultima Online. All links are stored in categories, which makes finding that link you are looking for a breeze. Main categories are:|
When you're all done in the UO Section, then also have a look at the Stratics Resource databases for Asheron's Call, Atriarch, Everquest, Heroes Journey, Jumpgate, Neverwinter Nights, Shadowbane and Sovereign.
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000, 3:15 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|The "Blackthorn" web site|
|Ramirez sent us the following: |
Hail and well met. My name is Ramirez of LS from the Markee Dragon site. Some of you may know me from my work as the Head Moderator of the very successful Rares Forum at Markee Dragon. Well, I have recently been promoted to Webmaster of the Blackthorn site at Markee Dragon. In my new position I will be responsible for promoting, growing, and maintaining the site.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 8:47 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CommunityNews)|
|Three years of UO screen shots|
|We received the following from Markee Dragon: |
Markee Dragon dares to expose the last 3 years in UO history!
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 8:42 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CommunityNews)|
|UORudder: A utility for Sailors|
|Fiddles sent us the following announcement: |
Being a sea-faring type, I have always found navigation to be a bit cumbersome, so I set out to write a simple program that would navigate my boat for me with out the need for dozens of macros.I gave UORudder a quick runthrough. Works as advertised. A very handy little utility!
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 8:04 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CommunityNews)|
|No new housing this weekend|
|Several of our readers informed us that Calandryll posted the following on the various boards yesterday: |
Just to let everyone know, housing will not start this weekend. We have more testing to accomplish and in truth, opening housing on Memorial Day weekend (when many players might be away on vacations) would not be a good idea.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 7:12 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|Developer's Roundtable: Fiction in Online Gaming|
|The following is from Lum the Mad: |
The "Lum the Mad" website, in conjunction with the Crossroads Gaming Network, has hosted the first in a series of discussions among leading game developers about topics of interest in massively multiplayer online gaming.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 7:01 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CommunityNews)|
|Announcing the First Magincia City Council Meeting|
|News from the City of Magincia!|
The Magincian City Council will be holding it's first meeting Sunday, May 28th, at 1:00 PM EST in the Councilor's Guild Hall in Magincia on the Trammel facet. The topics to be discussed are:
Thank you for this news Mayor Badrina, and good luck in your future endeavors!
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 4:30 PM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
Thankye, Hengist for this news, and I wish you a most pleasant birthday.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 4:09 PM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Mage Tower is Destroyed!|
The blood pounded in his ears, as his eyes struggled to make sense of the carnage and destruction in front of him. At his feet lay the body of Qaladar, an old friend, and trusted companion for ages. Near him lay the shattered remains of Aurin Wildfire, second in command to what was once the Mage Tower. As if drawn again to the stones, Janos forced himself to stare long and hard at the charred remains of it.
It was gone, the Mage Tower, that floating stone edifice that had so long been a beacon of light, and hope for aspiring mages. Shattered and broken, like the two men whose bodies lay at his feet, and their dreams of a better world.
Bitterly he turned from the steps, and slowly trudged to where others stood, friends and his wife, but in the haze of his mind, he saw only a blur, and the flashes of memories. The lizard men appearing out of nowhere and attacking at once, those gathered at the Moonglow Tavern rushing to its defense. Bodies everywhere in the town proper as many died to the surprise attack, impaled upon the spears of lizard warrior shock troops.
That damn raven feasting upon the fallen, malevolent evil clear in its eyes. Somehow, that single raven was connected, and how Janos and his Aegis had tried to slay it repeatedly, only to have it flee like the coward it was.
Then that pale stranger...The headlong rush back to the Mage Tower as friends called for him. Seeing that chalky flesh so much like Parnell, and clearly one of his race. Another rush of lizardmen, and more fighting, more death. And then... the fire, and the lightning, crashing down around the tower, and an explosion to rock the heavens.
And it was gone, the Mage Tower, the whole building. Standing on that ledge, seeing the broken look upon Qaladar's face. Then more lightning, and a voice laughing, as Qaladar too was struck down from the heavens.
Then nothing... silence. And so began the moans of the wounded, and the long process of recovery began. But this was not a light defeat, not a casual battle. A pale stranger had come bringing war and death, and cost the lives of many. Parnell the half dragon claims this was one of his kind that does not like man. He claims the lizardmen are "pets" to his people. And he claims to want to help avert this war.
Shaking his head to clear the shock and pain, Janos set off for home, to find his wife, mulled wine, and soft sheets, and to forget for now. But much needed to be done in the coming days, and many would need to rise to fill the roles required.
Unfortunate, but... Thanks!
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 1:46 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Sandlewood Poetry Contest!|
|CALLING ALL SCRIBES!! The Sandlewood Box Tavern is proud to announce its first ever poetry contest. If ye fancy yourself a poet, this is your night to shine! Prizes for the top three poets will be awarded at the end of the event. Poetry must be original, and must be read by the contestant during the event. Special guests will also read as an exhibition. Poets and poetry lovers alike are encouraged to attend. It shall truly be a night of inspiration under the stars! |
Time: 10:00 p.m. by the Eastern Sky Saturday, May 27th Place: The Sandlewood Box Tavern
Directions: Runes are available at Museum of Memories and Krista's Ranger Station. Or send an email to [email protected] for directions.
- Ilkoryne, Sandlewood Box Events Coordinator
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 11:10 AM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
Sounds very interesting. All those elves out there, go and check it out! =)
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 8:15 AM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|Robyn ap Mir is missing!|
|We have recieved the following: |
*puts pen to scroll*Thanks!
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 7:51 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Trophy Hunts at the Journey's End Tavern Rescheduled|
|We have recieved the following: |
As many of ye know.. the hunts scheduled for las' Tuesday eve was interrupted by a horde of Lizard Men invadin the isle of Moonglow. It seems they went as far as to destroy the Mage Tower itself! But alas.. that is a story I know little about.Thanks!
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 7:47 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|PvP tourney organizers sought|
|PLAPS asked that we relate this news to our readers:|
PVP Tournament: Looking for people to help organize a large scale PVP tournament.
Good luck, Plaps! Keep us posted.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 7:07 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|CoH meeting June 3rd|
|The Moonglow Council of Honor will be holding a meeting Saturday, June 3rd at 2:00pm CST. Location will be the Moonglow Mages Tower(Felucca). Topics of discussion will include: Update on the Lauranna Lindor murder investigation, report on current MDF status, and a briefing from Erekose regarding a High Council matter. Citizens individual comments and concerns will also be addressed.|
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 7:01 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Elven website available|
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 6:59 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Lake Superior merchandise available|
|Brimstone brings this exciting news for fans of Lake Superior:|
Finally, I have put together a design for Lake Superior! This design is different than the other "PK" shirts I have created for other shards. If interested, place your order within two weeks. Most orders take 4 to 5 days for delivery, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 6:57 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Attacks continue to plague Destiny|
|Last week, the town of Destiny attacked yet again by some mysterious diabolical forces. Arcanus sent this report:|
I was sitting in front of the Knights Pub in Destiny last eve, playfully shooting my Lord Cromwell with a toy bow, when I saw what at first appeared to be a pack of dire wolves roaming town. We didn't think anything of it until one of them shot a ball of flame at a citizen. Well, I quickly realized that this wasn't a mere dire wolf, which is common around our town, but was instead a hell hound, which is rare indeed.
Are these attacks really masterminded by the Dark Mistress or is another evildoer hiding under her black shadow, letting her take the blame for his own maliciousness?
Be safe, citizens of Destiny. Thank you, Arcanus, for this information.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 6:53 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Swamp Meet, Thursday, May 25th|
|Thursday, May 25, 8:30 CST, in the Serpent's Hold War room, a Swap Meet will be held for members of the Siege Perilous community. The event is being sponsored by Stratics, with the aid of many other people and guilds. The purpose is to give Siege citizens the opportunity to exchange goods and services with others.|
If you have resources or skills you would like to barter for someone else's resources or skills, this will provide the setting for you to make those contacts. It may be a way to get scrolls for your spellbook, arrows, potions, clothes, and other personal needs. Guilds may come in the hopes of seeking recruits, or recruits seeking guilds to join. Groups which are planning events might wish to discuss their plots and get some feedback or assistance in implementing their storylines. Owners of player venues who wish to have their establishments listed (or updated) on Stratics, please bring a rune and schedule a time for us to visit.
Door prizes are being donated by a number of people and are still being accepted. To register to win a door prize, bring a re-markable rune (destination unimportant), renamed with your name and a method of contacting you (messageboard URL, ICQ number, or e-mail address.) These runes will be recycled, when the new SP Stratics Center opens, for the Stratics Rune Library. (A deed has been generously donated by Talon Freerunner. We await the lifting of the building freeze to place it.) You need not be present to win, but you must be present to enter, one entry per person.
Prizes pledged for the event so far include:
Serpents Hold may be reached from the mainland using the gate in the Britain castle courtyard. This is a two-way portal, so you will be able to make it back to the mainland after the event with no trouble. The war room is a short walk northwest from the moongate structure in Serpent's Hold.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 4:44 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Casino Night Fever|
|I recived the following message from Papy Joe , Casino Master of Dargoth. |
Thanks to Papy Joe and good luck to all that take part!
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 1:59 AM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|Being tough pt. II|
|If you like to hack apart your fellow player in a semi-controlled setting then this weekend is for you. Napa has not one, but two events! So, unless you're a wuss what excuse do you have? And, no, dogs can't eat homework in computer games. |
This particular announcement was from Lockstar of the Paws Outpost.
Place: Redroddy's Tavern and Training Hall.
More information can be found at http://www.angelfire.com/mi2/cityofpaws/pawsoutpost.html
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 12:11 AM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Think you're tough?|
|Take a walk on the wild side this Friday night. That is if you're not a wuss. |
Friday Night Event at Grimoire Arena.
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2000, 12:01 AM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|PMT Trivia Contest|
Sounds like a fun night, those of you who wish to participate, read the stratics page for some helpful tips about the world of UO. }:-)
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 11:40 PM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|Vikings Claim Skara Brae|
|Hail All! |
A mysterious pigeon came in from Skara Brae with the following message:
"The Vikings, led by Ronkar the king and Zelda the queen are going to take over the parts of the town of Skara Brae that are not under town guards. We plan to set up a tavern and shops, making a player run town. We already have the farms up ad running. We are not sure about the name, right now we are leaning towards Karinthia."Human parties interested in investigating this new town for themselves are encouraged to travel to Skara Brae. I encourage my fellow orcs to prepare a suitable welcome. Hurh hurh.
Hail to Minax!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 6:30 PM EDT by Ithunk (LegendsAOL)|
|Sightings, Gossip, and Rumors|
|Hail All! |
Peltier of Britain sent me a pigeon with the following tidbits of information:
"In Britian, there are two major "groups" forming up. Sadly, we can't have guilds yet due to the lack of housing and, thus, the inability to place guildstones. The first group calls themselves the "Warlords". I have seen at least 7 different characters with "Warlord xxxx" at the 1st Bank. Their leader is 'Warlord Rob.' The second is a more loose-knit group, which I belong to. We are tentatively looking at a guild name of Legends of Virtue, or Warriors of Legend, but I personally have not had much impact/input on the guild name. There are about 6 potential guild members so far. Our leader is Sir Hightower.We thank Peltier for his update (and the tasty pigeon!), and hope to bring you more updates about the state of our new shard.
All Hail Minax!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 6:27 PM EDT by Ithunk (LegendsAOL)|
|Interview: Janos Antero Speaks|
Hail fellow adveturers! As fate would have it, Bones and I were able to meet with Janos Antero and a few of his friends at his public tower named "The bard and healer." There, I was able to talk to him about his recent dealings with Lich Soulstealer and what he has and will be doing to stop Lich from gaining the artifacts. Here is how the event went:
Janos Antero: Welcome to the bard and the healer, right now the AoL (guild) tower and soon to be opening township.
For those of you who are looking to assist Janos, ye can contact him at his public tower. If ye need a rune to recall off of, ye can find one in the Ocllo County General Store located just northeast of the Ocllo bank. There you can find a rune book on the floor containing a rune to his tower. Let us not sit idle, but put Lich down before it is too late.
Safe Journeys, signing off, this is...
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 3:25 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|The dark one's true colors|
|Taken from Ku Kullin's Journal |
May 23, 2000
Today was not one of those days for me. Word came of the Dark one making attacks on some of the Gold one's cities. My essence told me to seek out these disturbances...a way for my undead life to have meaning was to continue fighting...to avenge the dead and prevent more dead from being killed. My curse for being a Revenant...to always seek combat...and make sure the dead rested peacefully in the void.
I recalled from the temple and appeared at Sandlewood, where it appears there was a long since done battle. The bodies of dead ettins and Orcs lay strewn upon the field. As I gazed at the carnage, I suddenly coughed. Coughing? I never coughed before...I never been breathing for over a year, and now I cough?
Ryak mentioned that the Dark one came to the Box and left to the north. There was further talk that the city of Dragon's point was attacked as well. I sheathed my warfork, cast my recall and set my horse's feet on the soil of Dragon's point. Suddenly Orcs and ettins attacked me from all sides! The Dark one was definitely here. I drew my fork and struck at the first creature I could, while the Orcs and ettins traded fists. It was there that I felt something I never felt in over a year from being dead...Pain.
I spurred my horse to the local watering hole in dragon's point, the Orcs following me fast. I bound my wounds as fast as I could, but the Orc mage that was with the group dropped me from my steed with a poisoning spell. I could feel pain shoot through my body and my vision clouded. In over a year...I was fearful.
Suddenly three of HTD's guild appeared and fought off the Orcs from me. My mind was so numb from the pain that I could not recall their names, but I felt one pick me up and started binding my wounds. The pain quickly subsided and I had the strength to assist in my healing. I recognized the voice of Terex Orion, but the others were unfamiliar. I had never felt so disoriented in a long time.
With the Orcs slain I returned to Tragedy's back, and thanked the people of Dragon's point. They thanked me in return for my appearance (like I helped any?). It was then that my communication crystal replied once again...it was Rath of SSB. "The Dark one is at the Orc fort!" I gave my farewells and vanished in a flash of magic, where my horse and me appeared near the Orc fort. By this time I was coughing and holding my chest, feeling like I was having a heart attack (which was impossible since my heart hasn't moved in over a year.) Many people, including Hugh the hand, Xterra, Ryak, and many others were at the gates of the Orc fort, finishing off the first onslaught of monsters.
I had met the Dark one once, and found him to be an agreeable sort, so I disarmed and spurred Tragedy forward, "I come unarmed, Dark one...I seek to talk."
"Talk quickly...my patience grows thin"
Not exactly the response I expected.
"What is the reason for your attacks on these cities?" Hugh the hand blurted out rudely
"They hold the fragments of the Gold one"
"And what do you plan to do with them if you do get them?" I asked.
"that is my business."
It was then that I saw through the dragon's façade. This beast was normally cordial...even kind at times. Now, his dark intentions shone through. He was growing frustrated, impatient, and became angry. That was what I learned of Chaos...their complete lack of patience.
"You will give me the fragments," the Dark one bellowed, "or I will reduce your cities to ash!"
I had all I could stand. I drew my kryss and shield and stood in front of the dragon.
"And here are our terms, dragon...leave this world or suffer at the hands of the 8 dragon knights!"
"I SHALL HEAR NO TERMS!" the dragon roared in fury. "I call upon all my minions of darkness!"
As if hiding in the trees, an army of Orcs, Ettins, snakes and Orc mages appeared, and attacked the crowd. The Dragon and I stared each other down, reading each other's intentions. He knew what I was...and I knew what he was. A showdown would come to see who will stand in the final battle.
"Ku!" I heard, "Look out behind you!"
I ducked in time to watch a giant serpent's unhinged jaw fly over my head, ready to swallow me whole. Tragedy reared and clocked the serpent full on the back of its head, as we turned astride the beast. Suddenly a familiar "Corp por" caused me to turn, as a bolt of pure energy rushed past my ear, heading straight for the female Azrea. I saw the caster, one of the Orc mages. I was close enough that the next blast would surely be mine, so I reigned Tragedy forward and rode towards the mage. The Orc ran as fast as he could but in moments he felt the tongs of my warfork dig into his back.
I then felt another feeling that I had never felt in over a year...Pity.
The dragon bellowed and walked off in a huff saying, "You will regret thy actions...all of you!"
I leaned against Tragedy's neck, my fork frozen in my hand as I stared at the vanishing image of the Dark one. The battle lines have been drawn, and the dark one's intentions are made VERY clear...Destruction of virtue. From that revelation, a new sensation came upon me...dread
From that moment...my dead heart...began to beat once more.
Gold one save us all.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 2:19 PM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Trophy Hunts in Moonglow!|
|We have recieved the following: |
Come one Come all to the first trophy hunt to be sponsored out of the Journeys End Tavern in Moonglow!Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 9:40 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|The Elven race|
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 9:38 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Another House Test Story|
|This well written story was sent to us by Alexis StarFyre of the Catskills Shard |
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 9:31 AM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|BNN: Casting the Spell [a]|
|The following chronicle was recently found on BNN (Britannia Network News): |
It has been done. Months of preparation and study have finally come together in one last surge of hope for you, the people. Though the ... expectations of the spell were not quite as planned, where you now stand is our New World. A better world, free from the fears wrought by the temptress, Minax.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 9:27 AM EDT by Lady Gwenyvere (QuestandEventNews)|
|BNN: Lord Blackthorn's Recent Travels [a]|
|The following news on Lord Blackthorn was recently discovered on the BNN (Britannia Network News): |
Stories abound as to where Lord Blackthorn has been for the duration of the current crisis that grips our land. Via an inside contact close to Blackthorn I was given some insight and details into Blackthorn's travels. Within days of the fall of Trinsic, Lord Blackthorn disappeared and was not seen again until our liege Lord British gave his speech last week. Prior to the speech Lord Blackthorn held counsel with Nystul, the court mage, in his castle on the lake. My source related the following information from this meeting.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 9:25 AM EDT by Lady Gwenyvere (QuestandEventNews)|
|Elves in Ultima?|
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 9:12 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|United Pirates Hosting Festival|
|Another dagger-pinned note apppeared on my door this morning. |
Hear ye! Hear ye!Have fun, landlubbers and pirates alike!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 7:52 AM EDT by Brenna (Catskills)|
|WYU Open Campus Meeting, Date Changed|
|'ello thar all, |
This little piece of info jest in fer all of ye.
Thankee lass fer the news, and g'luck at the meetin.
Yers in ale and tale,
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 3:07 AM EDT by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|Star Room field trip foiled|
|Last week, Glendor of Blood Clan organized what was to have been a merry little jaunt to the Star Chamber of the Terathan Keep. Turnout was good, many guilds were represented, and the travelers made their way to the Lost Lands, packs brimming with cookies and other snacks to feast upon when they'd reached their destination.|
Britain Militia's Reve wrote of the experiences he had that night:
It all began innocently enough, a bunch of veteran warriors meeting at the gate of the Vesper graveyard, talking about a bold move to invade the [lost lands] and take "The Star Room". Being the novice that I am, I think that this is a chamber at the bottom of Terathan Keep. I foolishly chose to go along. We met at the appointed time, about 20 of us. The Blood Clan and the Brotherhood of Ta'Kier appeared to be best represented. I carried the best equipment I could summon for the day, which due to an unfortunate accident on my way to the site was not that much (dog-eared ringmail, mostly).
What Reve does not mention in his tale is the involvement of PTK in bungling the field trip. The outing was discussed in various forums, particularly Battle Vortex where Moldarion stated, "On behalf of myself and the other members of the Star Room Trip welcome party, I come here to declare that anyone who enters Terathans Keep will be dealt with in the same manner as last night. Since day 1 of Seige, our small group has lived in the Keep. We have fought many PK guilds in our time there, and because of our efforts the Keep has remained a profitable and safe home for us."
This remark was parried with venomous responses, best illustrated by this quote from Sonja Gringkov, who said:
*foresees the formation of the Terathan Liberation Force in the near future*
Many citizens voiced their disapproval of PTK's actions, citing that the guild had broken one of the sacred unwritten laws of the realm: Thou shalt not disrupt shard-wide events.
Plans are now underway for another trip to the Terathan Keep, a second attempt to have the Star Chamber party. Details will be announced as they become available. It will be interesting to see how this saga unfolds..
|Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 12:49 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Who won da fight?|
We've set a new world's record! Well, a record for Grimoire anyway :)
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 3:41 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Interview: Lich Soulstealer's Four Artifacts|
Travelling the lands within Felucca, McCoy and I had the "luck" to run into Lich Soulstealer just outside of Yew. It seems he has just sent out his band of misfits to do his bidding so we did not get to rub shoulders with them, not that we wanted to enjoy their company, but it still would of been interesting to see what they had to say about their "illustrious" leader and his plans to take over the spirit realm. One good thing did come of this interview... Lich babbled... And in doing so, he spoke more than he wanted to. Here is what he had to say:
One thing is for sure, Lich still has his overconfidence which is good for Janos Anteros' efforts to find the wand of Daemons before Lich does. Janos needs your help in doing this and to help keep Lich from finding Kryl's spirit. Hopefully I will be able to speak with Janos to see what sort of help he needs so that we may thwart Lich's efforts yet again... May the Great I Am guide is in all that we do to defeat Lich Soulstealer.
Safe Journeys, signing off, this is...
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 1:56 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|The Black one strikes again!|
|I got a pigeon letter from Ryak at 8:55 PM under the eastern skies. It said that the black one was attacking the Sandalwood Box. The next words out of me mouth were "Kal Ort Por." I expected carnage, and I arrived to a little chat. It turns out that the dragon was at Dragon's Point, claiming it to be his own! A few moments later, Ryak sent us off to the Dragon's Point through a moongate. Then I saw it. Inside the building were the bloodrock clan orcs. The door was guarded by a fierce line of trees, I think someone called em "reapers". I took one look at them, then at that scary black dragon, and looked around for Red William or Ku Kullin. Seeing as they were not there, I realized that someone would have to survive to send a message to everyone, and it was up to me. I hid in the shadows so that the horrid beasts couldn't see me. Ryak and it spoke for a bit, then the black one shot off a flamestrike at a warrior. Then the carnage began. Orcs flooded out of the place, and attacked us with the black one backing them up with constant flamestrikes. I started to hear the death cries of everyone around me, and I was surprised when no one noticed me. Then it got worse. The black one summoned hoards of orcs, orc lords, orc mages, and ettins to fight us off. the black one was nearing death when he said "Chaos embrace me!" or something to that effect, and I heard him spot words I dreaded: "In Vas Mani"! His life was completely restored, and our hopes died. When the beast was almost dead again, he muttered "I leave you to play" or something like that and was gone. After all the orcs were gone, I looked through the body of the dead orc shaman and found a rune to their fort and barraks. The thing that frightened me the most were Ryaks chilling words: "This was just a minor skirmish, the real battles have yet to begin..." |
The Dark one has been busy...but worry not...so has the warriors of the Gold one.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 10:15 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|IFC Fun This Saturday!|
Dungeon Crawls are always fun at the IFC, come one, come all! And have fun!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 8:02 AM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|Visions at the Crossroads|
|Old Knight has become an inspiration to many of the knights around the world. There is talk of rebuilding the Crossroads Fortress. Here is more information sent in by Johari: |
Ever since Old Knight's appearance at the Crossroads Fortress near the desert, there has been talk of giving rebirth to the ancient structure. Exar Kun and I set out to retrieve Old Knight from Serpent's Hold for more training at the fortress. Once we found the weaver of tale, lore, and wisdom it was evident that we would have to sail back due to his disliking of magical gates. Several people awaited at the Crossroads Fortress for training, tales, and a hunt. We arrived a bit late, but all was well.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 2:16 AM EDT by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|We Stand with Lord British|
|With Minax's forces causing havoc everywhere in Felucca, we are in need of help. Korin the Scribe of Haven might have a solution: |
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 2:07 AM EDT by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|Yew Council of Justice meets tonight|
|Khelek Naure submitted this announcement:|
The Yew Council of Justice will meet tonight, May 22, at the Court of Truth. This will be the first meeting and it is open to all who live in Yew. We would encourage other guilds to attend from different cities as well.
In an interview this morning, Naure explained that this is an organizational meeting. "I want to suggest the idea to the guilds of Yew and then we can decide whether we should elect members or appoint oursleves. Hopefully, other cities will follow our lead and a High Council can be formed, but for now starting a Yew Town Council will do."
He went on to state that the purpose of the Yew Council of Justice will be, "To bring together the guilds of Yew for the good of our area. We have a problem with orcs and drow, but those are minor. The town council can discuss current affairs and hopefully unite to find solutions. As well as bring another element of roleplay into the game."
Tonight's agenda will feature an explanation of his vision for this council and the exploration of how best to bring these ideas into the realm. Khelek is hopeful that enough interest and support can be generated to begin structuring groups of this sort across Siege Perilous. "There are people who play large parts in the community who I hope show up. Whether I have success or not tonight, I am going to continue to try and bring a town council together. It would allow greater communication and protection of the citizens and guilds of Yew."
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 11:30 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|ALBE New Comic Alert!|
|Azazel sent us the following: |
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go your way? We at ALBE feel your pain, and have made a special comic just for you. "One of Those Days" features a typical day when all you want to do is use your power hour, but the inevitable thwarts all your attempts. So direct your browser on over to ABLE where the monkeys rule and the big purple elephants roam free!
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 9:31 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CandidCoverage)|
|The Haunting Murders Continue...|
|Whilst travelling deep in the forrests of Yew, I found this tattered scroll, I can only hope that it finds the one it was meant for. |
I shall pack my largest sword next time I venture near Spiritwood.
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 7:06 PM EDT by FireFox (Europa)|
|Monks Attacked by Emerald Enchantress!|
It was a peaceful day at Yew Abbey, with not a breath of wind. Brother Ambrose and a small band of monks prayed and meditated in the Ankh chapel in Yew Abbey, preparing for their pilgrimage to the Shrine of Justice. Suddenly the door of the chapel was flung open and a group of adventurers entered. "Brother Ambrose, beware!" they warned. "We just found out
that Vilendra, the Emerald Enchantress, plans to ambush your whole party of monks."
"We cannot delay our pilgrimage to the Shrine," replied Brother Ambrose calmly. "Why doth this Emerald Enchantress wish to slay peaceful monks who have harmed her not?"
"She found an ancient book called Tome of the Blood Candles. It seems she needs Blood Candles for one of her arcane rites, and one of the secret ingredients in making a Blood Candle is the blood of a monk who is pure in the virtues."
The monks looked startled, and whispered together. Then Brother Ambrose stepped forward, a look of firm resolve on his weathered face. The brothers are all agreed-we go on our pilgrimage. When one's time has come to leave this world, naught can stop the hand of Death. We serve the Virtues regardless of the risk to ourselves. We shall complete our pilgrimage to the Shrine."
"Will you permit us to escort you?" asked the adventurers.
"Aye, gladly," replied the monk. "Thy company and protection is more than welcome on our journey."
The monks gathered their packs and walking staves, and set off on their journey. Thomas, the youngest monk, followed respectfully behind his older brothers. The adventurers stayed close by the monks as they walked past the Yew moongate and continued northeast.
Suddenly a huge group of vicious elementals attacked, accompanied by hellhounds. The adventurers fought the monsters as best they could, but alas, Brother Thomas was slain. The air shimmered and the Emerald Enchantress appeared. She had green hair and very pale skin and was clad in woman's plate armor and high black boots.
The sorceress had an unearthly beauty, and she walked with the lithe grace of a panther. Vilendra smiled lazily as she watched her minions attack the monks and adventurers, then she casually strolled over to the fallen body of Brother Thomas and began to gather up some of his blood in a black vial. She put the stopper in the vial and tucked it into her pack with
a satisfied look on her face. The power of the Enchantress was incredible. She cast spell after spell and yet it seemed that she was barely touched by the weapons or spells of the adventurers. After a few minutes of battle, the Enchantress raised her arms and cast a recall spell, and she and her minions departed.
The shaken monks returned to the Abbey, to pray for the soul of Brother Thomas and prepare for his funeral. Thomas was a promising young monk, pure in the virtues, and he will be greatly missed by his brother monks at Yew Abbey.
Gypsy Doria Romanov continues to seek the lair of the Emerald Enchantress. Brave adventurers who would like to help stop the Enchantress are invited to come to Doria's tent in Skara Brae, just north of the Bank on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 PM (Pacific Time).
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 3:02 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Tuesday Night Fights!|
Greetings all !
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 12:55 PM EDT by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|"King" Fallout Attends A Meeting|
How odd, I don't recall Moonglow voting against their previous vote to move to Trammel....but...thankye, Hengist for the news.
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 12:48 PM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Box Dinner Auction|
Sounds like fun, all you ladies out there, bring a lil something and maybe you will find your special someone.
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 12:17 PM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|West Yew University Open Campus Meeting Tonight!|
|Sorry for the short notice on this friends! |
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 9:24 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Arx Draconis Gets a Face Lift|
|I received this scroll a short time ago: |
The player run city of Arx Draconis.has undergone some changes recently both in content in game as well as on the website. Here is a highlight of those changes so you can take advantage of these services:
Thank you this news friends!
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 9:18 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Words from the establishments.|
|Those of you who have been with Europa for more than two months may well recall some time ago a petition from player run establishments to OSI asking for special services to aid their transition from the deadly world of Felucca to the haven of Trammel, without suffering too harshly from the 'one house per account' rule. OSI, for their own reasons, refused to help in anyway and life went on. |
As house placement in Trammel rushes towards us (at the speed of a rather drunken snail) I've decided its high time to see what the leaders of the five most well known establishments to see what plans they have;
I wrote an identical letter to Queen Rosamar of the EKC who live in Cathair Suthainn, Lady Valkyria the Mayor of Clown Town, Dardan Brook of Deepwater, Eldariel of Glorindar and Fenris the Spiritwood tavern keeper. In this letter I sent a series of questions and awaited their responses. Very soon the answers came, and now I shall pass them onto you.
1. Do you intend to move your establishment to Trammel when it arrives? If so will you be moving to the same location on the facet or another? Also, how are you manoeuvring around the one house per account issue?
Rosamar: Yes, the EKC plan on establishing a village, if possible, in Trammel. We will attempt to move to the same location as we hold on Felucca, but this will obviously depend upon who gets to place first - and whether any further housing restrictions apply i.e. land availability.
Valkyria: No. Clown Town was founded in Felucca. It has been around since day one (well perhaps a week after Europa came alive) It has always been located on the Beach north of Shame, and this is Home to us. Clown Town will definitely stay. Of course we will Try to Build a secondary Town in Trammel - but the name will not be Clown Town - but something similar, and will hold the Student of Clowns stone. The Clown and Order Clown stones will remain in Felucca. All houses where transferred to a few accounts, so that we can maximise the new house placement in Trammel.
Dardan Brook: Deepwater will stay in Felucca. It has a long history and we intend to remember this history and make the best of it. Deepwater as it currently stands will also be a home for everyone that chooses to stay on Felucca. The houses that stand in Deepwater are owned by several accounts. They will live on without any changes. If the people who choose to stay in Deepwater want to regain control and ownership of the houses, then that will be handled accordingly by the current administration.
Eldariel: Yes, we are planning to move. We are hoping to move to a larger and more beautiful spot. But I can't tell you which one:). Some of us have 2 accounts, others have sold their old house already and others are just waiting to see what will happen, so it's not really a problem.
Fenris: I will not move to Trammel. So I can't really answer the rest of this question.
2. How do you expect the opening of placement in Trammel will affect your establishment in the long run? If you're staying in Felucca will your attitude to murderers adjust in any manner?
Rosamar: If we are unable to establish our Eternal City, then it will affect the attitude of our members towards the guild and to the two lands. As we hope to continue holding our Eternal City in Felucca, our attitude to murderers will be the same as now.
Valkyria: No - Murderers are still NOT welcomed in Clown Town -(they come anyway, without invitation) Clown Town will in the long run prosper - since more and more people will understand that Trammel is not paradise.
Dardan Brook: A lot changed when Trammel opened. People scattered all over the lands, and from my viewpoint people settled down and started to wait for the new housing that were promised. I am certain that once we have housing and can build on our communities again, in the new lands, this will settle down and we will once again see more active communities.
Eldariel: It can turn out very well, because we have the chance to move to a bigger location. But for it really to work they need to do a few other things like adding an alliance option on the guild stone and changing the looting rules.
Fenris: My attitude towards murderers will not change. I also don't think Felucca will be overrun with them. Sure they can't go to Trammel, but that doesn't mean they'll increase in numbers on Felucca. Other types of players might move to Trammel, but my tavern will always be just a moonstone away.
3. Do you think player-run establishments were given a fair deal when OSI decided that the new land should be the pvp free one and ignored requests to make it easier for establishments to survive?
Rosamar: No, definitely not. I feel that OSI has ignored the role players especially, and their hard work to create a suitable role playing environment, which does enhance the game itself which turns it from just another pvm/pvp hack/slash game, to one where players can immerse themselves into the world of Britannia. A lot of players are demoralised by these changes which are forcing them to give up normal game time as they have to plan/work again for new housing opportunities, not to mention the time consuming work which will be involved in moving their belongings between the lands. It takes a great deal of effort to establish a player-run city. Unless you were fortunate to have amassed millions of gold before anyone else placed house, you are faced with a daunting task of placing houses one by one, waiting for the chance house decay, negotiating with other players to exchange houses, all for what? To provide a player-run environment which other players get the benefits from. It would have been fairer to everyone, for the old lands to become pvm/consensual pvp, and make the new lands pvp, with perhaps no housing allowed, similar to T2A.
Valkyria: No, player establishments got the shaft (and OSI encourage rp?) I have heard nothing about seers/GMs asking if we need any help etc. Established player run towns/taverns should have been "grandfathered" into new lands. One house per account really hurt the player run establishments.
Dardan Brook: OSI believes that strong communities will survive without any assistance from them. I believe they are walking a very thin line here, where they should discuss this clearly with the community leaders that has to deal with this problem. The worst thing they could do was to create this "void" that they have created now. People stopped caring for their old communities and didn't get the chance to build a new one. I believe that OSI has done many mistakes in this transition. Promising new lands with housing and then failing to live up to this was one major mistake.
Eldariel: No it wasn't a fair deal for the role-players. They took the side of the pvpers who are in greater numbers --> more cash.
Fenris: All in all it was fair. If they'd have to move player establishments all kinds of issues would come up. When does an establishment qualify? Why can only establishments move and not anyone that chooses to?
4. For those of you moving, do you have all the deeds you require, or are you still fund raising? In addition, how did/will you find those funds?
Rosamar: This question would best be answered by King Talysman and Lord LeeDrik, who are fully involved with our guild assets.
Valkyria: A lot of Clowns are old players so the funds has never really been any problem. Several of us have had a castle deed ready for ages. If any clown is without funds - there are a lot of others willing to help/lend. Gold is still the easiest part of UO - just the most boring one.
Dardan Brook: Deepwater will not move, but some of the community has already gathered funds and started to plan a new settlement. The funds were gathered by some very dedicated people.
Eldariel: We bought our deeds weeks ago, we are now waiting, waiting and waiting. We bought one guild tower with money donated by the members. All other buildings are bought by individual members.
Fenris: Again I can't answer this one.
I would like to thank all five of you once again for replying to my letter. I sincerely hope that your settlements will prosper in both Felucca and Trammel.
Note: Although the Spiritwood Tavern is staying where it is, Stratics understands there are plans for the town of Spiritwood to be present on Trammel as well. More news as we get it.
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 8:45 AM EDT by Bruce Wolfsbane (Europa)|
|Orcs Discover Strange Book at Fort|
|Hail All! |
Chin'guk of the orcs sent me the following piece of information:
"This book was found in the upper room of the Yew fort we have taken over lately:The complete text of the book along with some commentary, is available for viewing now.
Has some dark power set it's eyes on the new orc clan? Only time will tell! The Drachenfels News Team will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest developments in this story.
Go with the Virtues!
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 4:56 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|Goodman's Rune Library To Close|
She sits alone at the old oak writing table surrounded by papers, with what looks to be official seals, and bits of feather quills scattered about. Her face grows intent as she reads and then rereads the vellum parchment before her. Her eyes are dark green today as if to reflect the cloudy skies visible through the one small open window. A lantern on the corner of the desk provides the only cheerful light that bounces off the shiny sheen of her deep sea green dress.
|More Than A Game...|
|Libby Copeland from The Washington Post wrote a terrific article on Gaming that showed up in several newspapers throughout the US today. It's called "More than a game". It discusses several aspects of gaming, including its origins, how it affects our perspective of reality, and why fantasy compels us so much. Here is an excerpt from the article discussing Ultima Online: |
And even when they remain in the online world, players interact in ways that extend beyond the guidelines of the game. In the online multiplayer game EverQuest, for example, 55,000 subscribers [ed. I believe their player base is actually much higher than this] may be playing at the same time during a peak period, and they're doing far more than slaying monsters. In this and other fantasy adventure games, like Ultima Online, some characters run inns; others are bards or thespians who give performances. Quake players make short movies out of the game's graphics. In other words, players are innovating, using the ostensible plot as mere landscape for their own creations. And they are forming communities that can exist only in a virtual space.
To read the entire article head to The Seattle Times' version of More than a game...
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 2:11 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Periodic Poll Redone|
|After receiving several e-mails pointing out that I had omitted several potential poll answers, I have re-done this week's poll on how you earn your UO gold. |
All those who already responded to the poll should go back and re-enter their responses.
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 2:04 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|Heroes of the Realm Tournament Winner|
|Hot off the presses, here is the winner of the 2nd Heroes of the Realm Tournament, sent in by Vladimyr. |
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 1:58 AM EDT by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|GCT Auction Tonight|
|A newcomer to the auction scene has just sent in a time for their first ever auction. Thanks to Keith S. of GCT for sending this in. |
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 1:51 AM EDT by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Comments from the Team - Runesabre|
|The following was posted to Comments from the Team on the official UO website by Runesabre: |
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 1:37 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|In last week's poll, we asked you to tell us what percentage of your in-game time was spent fighting monsters. |
It appears that the majority of folks spend 25%-75% of their time fighting monsters. 26.5% of the respondents indicated they spend 25%-49% of their time monster fighting, while 25.9% are monster fighting 50%-74% of the time. 19.7% of you only spend 1%-24% of your in-game time fighting monsters, while 16.4% of the respondents spend a hefty 75%-89% of their time slaying foul creatures. 8% of you are hard core monster slayers (90+% of your time), and the pacifists amongst us (no monster fighting) account for only 3.2%.
This week, we would like you to let us know how you earn the majority of your income in UO. So head on over to our Periodic Poll, and let us know!
As many of you know, the last two weeks I asked you to let me know the top reason you like, or dislike, UO:R. Well, the response was fantastic, and I am busy tabulating the results, which will be posted them later this week.
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000, 12:02 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|The death of Darcie|
|A woman with a strange necklace . . . a mysterious thief . . . and far too many ogres:|
Thank you Duncan, do keep us informed . . .
|Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2000, 7:24 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Clown parade tonight!|
|The CLOWNs will be making Britain smile tonight: |
Thank you Plague
|Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2000, 6:51 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Ultima Parody Songs - "Hey Dewd"|
|Looks like Midas the Bard has another great hit on his hands. I just finished listening to it and have to say it is one of his best yet. Here's the official announcement: |
Just a quick note to let you know I've just uploaded the latest parody song - "Hey Dewd", based on "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. I'd gotten some requests to 'do one for the roleplayers', so there you go... sort of... :) Plenty of fun getting poked in every direction there...
|Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2000, 2:23 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
|Moonglow Tavern Recieves New Name|
|We have recieved the following: |
After a wonderful night of tale and song, the Moonglow Tavern received its new name. After a bit of controversy involvin the locals, me wait staff, and the first proposed name.. "The Buxom Wench", the second runner up "Journey's End", submitted by Rand al'Thor, was chosen as the final name. Janos Antero the submitter of the first name did receive 10,000 gold as well as a "honored guest" status at the tavern even though we were unable to keep the lad's clever name. Mr. al'Thor is awarded the same for his "The Journey's End" submission.Thanks!
|Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2000, 6:52 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|***IMANEWBIE does BRITANNIA*** New 'Toon! #108|
Yep, that's right, for all of you people who keep emailing me and saying "MAKE MORE TOONS!" I have a special treat for you.
|Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2000, 2:04 AM EDT by Beastmaster Josh (CandidCoverage)|
|Egads! Another RD Auction!|
|The wind was brisk as I walked around the large meadow where the RD tower stood. It was only Sunday morn. When early on as the dew was just begining to melt away in the mornings sun when I noticed caravans of goods arriving on my doorstep. Rare items from afar were showing up I had not ever seen but only heard of in stories told by dockmasters or weary druken travelers. I heard whispers of Necromatic regeants or the very shackles that held heroes to their doom. I heard of Baskets of Rare Fruit with coloring only found in our Lords Garden. Then the Warriors and Mages alike began to filter into the tower also. |
Then Finally around Dusk a Carriage arrived led by two guards of the RDG ( Auction Royal Guards ) Sedric reigned his horse up to the stable dismounting. Red It has took me some time to fill the list but for the last week I have rode to all the points you showed me on the map and gathered the items you requested. Sedric I said" your a fine Knight indeed with much honor and pride in your work" Sedric nodded and set about on his tower duties. In the carriage was a chest. I was given the key by Sheena Tower Guard Guildmistress and I unlocked the chest to look upon the many items inside. A small grin crossed my face as I wondered .......
I wonder Sheena if they will guess right this week or wrong. :)
RD Auction May 23rd Starts sharply at 9pm est We will not be accepting items any more on auction night. Submission night is Monday May 22nd 8pm - 9pm EST Payoff night to Sellers will be Wed Night 8pm - 9pm EST
To read how to submit and the rules: goto: www.rdauctionhouse.com
All payments will be done after the item is bought. Goto your bank of choice and write us a check for the sale and see Tenly our auctioneer on the side of the stage.
Yes! The Last item will be again the Mystery Chest Full of items of Gm Make and Magic or Rare Plus a check from 10k to 50k Total Value of the chest will not exceed 200k or less than 10k Bidding will begin at 5k and who knows you might walk away richer or poorer. Its a gamble do you have the nerve? Last weeks winner won 50k - Ranger Armor and a Pure Black Tub
I hope to see everyone there!
|Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2000, 12:23 AM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|House Test Shard|
|Hail and well met all! |
Most of you are aware that the House Test shard has opened for testing the placement of houses. I had logged onto it while it was still named "House Test (pen)" and was surprised when I was greeted by the eerie sound of silence when I arrived on the streets of Britain. I was also greeted by a message on a scroll, similar to the journal scroll, that said: "Updates ********* January 11, 1999 *********".
I decided it was time to investigate my bank box to see what treasures laid within it. I was very disappointed to discover it empty. It was no wonder the streets where silent, either everyone had decided to go home or they where out working, trying to raise the gold needed to buy a house to place.
To find out more about these strange events, I e-mailed Origin with my questions. Here is the response I received:
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 10:21 PM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|Gamble the night away|
|As if we needed more proof that Europa is the most happening shard, news of a new establishment opening: |
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 4:27 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|More slaughter in Spiritwood|
|It started as a peaceful day in Spiritwood..... it ended in sheer terror... |
Many thanks to the adventurer that sent this tale.
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 4:22 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|BUM Weekly Joust Night|
BUM Weekly Friday Night Joust and Mage Tourney @ BUM Rune Library/Merchant House
Fridays 9pm cst
For rules and information check out:
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 1:25 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Here's a Bit of Useful Information...|
| Janos Antero sat quietly at his desk, and again put the small ruby against his forehead, invoking its magic, and replaying the theft of the gem again in his minds eye, how TFA raided the tower while many of its defenders were away at the Buxom Wench. How they stole the gem, and then Lich traveled to the tavern to brag. And finally, how Aegis failed to again capture the coward, and he and his lackeys fled.... Smiling a bit, he recalls not all fled, and that one more TFA would rot as a mindless dead until Lich got around to reviving her again. |
Noting the holes in his defenses he mentally prepared to better secure them. Two of his men were injured, but would heal, and he mentally added again to the growing tab the Fallen Angles would soon pay. Finishing his paperwork, he stood up, and checked his pocket again, feeling the familiar lump of the green emerald there.
Absently he wondered just what that angry balron trapped in the other gem would do when released, but upon thinking that it was Liche Soulstealers problem, and Janos was forced to just grin. The poetry night was a fond memory, and it was a night of great joy. A new tavern was born, with a name he couldn't stop grinning about. And many told wonderful stories and jokes, making it an experience to remember.
Briefly he worried about Lienna and hoped she was ok, since she didn't show up for her own poetry night, but Eleana had been a wonderful hostess, and the night was one he would long remember fondly, and with a smile upon his lips.
Thanks, Janos, for the insight.
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 1:22 PM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|IFC's Festival of Virtues Recount|
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 9:20 AM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|House Placement Test Shard Opens|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
House Placement Test Opens
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 7:41 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|And the clouds will return|
|A rare and wondrous creature brings strange visions: |
Might this lead to something further? Thank you for sharing your tale.
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 5:08 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Here we go again...|
Hail and well met fellow adventurers of Sonoma! I know it has been a little bit since ye have heard from me, and for that I humbly apologize, but I am posting now to not only get caught up on things, but to help you get caught up as well. I will do my best, but if you feel there is something I have overlooked or you deem very important, do not hesitate to let me know so the information may be passed along.
First things first... It seems that our good pal Lich Soulstealer is up to no good... again. Tsk, tsk! Somebody has got to put a bell on that boy so he is easier to keep track of. It appears that he has been messing with summoning up dead spirits of a sort. Ever since he got his hands on a book titled "The Book of Warding" he got from a good magi, he has been heavily engrossed in researching the book for spells to control the undead.
One of the first things Lich did was summon the soul of a long dead tinker named Kryl. He did this to have Kryl make him a special bracelet to control the spirit realm and all undead within it. Luckily, for the good guys, Lich was so absorbed in this strange book that when he summoned Kryl to make this bracelet, he did not know what he was doing and was unable to control Kryl's spirit and lost the ability to hold him to the glyph he used to summon him. This act allowed Kryl to wander the realm of the living, scaring people who did not understand until he ran into a band of hearty adventurers who have joined up to thwart Lich's plans, whatever they may be.
It has been reported to me that on Lich's wrist is a bracelet that holds the captive essence of Kryl and until that is destroyed, Kryl can not be freed to return to the spirit realm from where he was rudely taken from. It has also been reported that Lich also has a small band of "death knights." They are led by a man named Garot Thongarth and that he has been put in charge of finding Kryl's spirit and returning it to Lich's lair. What Garot does not know is that Kryl's spirit has been placed in a box, by Janos Antero, in a secret location to keep Lich from having him make that bracelet.
It has also been reported to me that Garot has two brothers, Jasper and Quintin Thongarth. Jasper is also in league with Lich due to a powerful memory loss spell placed on him by Lich, who also convinced Jasper that serving the Soulstealer is all for his best interest. What Lich has not counted on is the other brother, Quintin, who is looking for a way to stop Lich and free his brothers from Soulstealer's control.
Until Wednesday night, no one knew where Quintin was until a medium summoned a spirit tracker named Ghol to help Janos, and those with him, to find him. He was located by the Britain racetrack in Felucca and what was discussed there is best left untold for now.
It would also seem that Lich is looking to enlist more help for Garot in trying to track down Kryl's spirit and has asked me to say that if ye should happen to see Kryl that he should be directed towards the Yew Crypts so that he will not fade into oblivion in the event that he is away from his essence in the bracelet around Lich's wrist too long.
Choose ye this day whom ye shall help, Janos Antero or Lich Soulstealer. The choice is yours...
Safe Journeys, signing off, this is...
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 4:27 AM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|DMT Summoning Contest Revived|
|We received the following announcement from River Blackstar, Khan of the Blackstar Clan [B*] |
Greetings.Thanks River for this announcement. I heard people had great fun at these events in the past, and hope this will work as good as before.
|Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2000, 2:33 AM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Yet Another Report on the Orcish Unrest|
|This report was sent to us by Rabin Sigursson, the famous undead-slayer. |
I was having a quiet drink in Yew last night, after cleansing the local cemetary of the vile undead, when I began to hear disturbing reports. It would seem that the local orc fort has indeed been taken over by a more intelligent, and possibly more agressive, group of orcs.Thanks a lot Rabin for this update on the situation.
We received many other reports, including one stating that an orcish emissary named Ber'guk had met Lord VinYafod, Councilmaster of the Council of Yew. They both agreed to hold a meeting in the next days to discuss the future of the area around Yew.
More information soon in our Headlines.
|Posted on Friday, May 19, 2000, 7:55 PM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Gypsy Tatiana Issues Warning to Kinship Village|
|Tymaron of the Shadow Family sent us this message: |
Kinship (May 15)--Tatiana the gypsy, whose scrying ability is known far and wide, issued another dire prediction for the village of Kinship on Monday night. She stated that "the dead are restless" and "seek vengeance for what slew them." She went on to add that "the dead will haunt the town soon if the vengeance is not given to them." She continued and stated that she has been keeping logs of her visions in her tent in Minoc. She also added that it has been reported that her crystal gives hints of things that she had seen. Later, Gorion, Embassary to Trinsic, asked a few questions of her. In response to whether or not Benedict could be trusted, Tatiana urged caution. Whether or not she had heard of Krelan, she said she knew him not. Gorion also asked whether or not "The Masters", which were mentioned in Benedict's Journal, had anything to do with Minax. Tatiana warned him not to assume such things, lest the truth be blind to him.
This is dire news for the people of Kinship. May the Virtues keep you safe!
Thank you, Tymaron, for the information!
|Posted on Friday, May 19, 2000, 7:18 PM EDT by Brenna (Catskills)|
|Holy Disciples of Darkness Raffle|
Thank you for this news, Dark General Freemech.
|Posted on Friday, May 19, 2000, 9:54 AM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|UO Jobs - Internet Developer|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
|Posted on Friday, May 19, 2000, 5:35 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Jinx Interviews Calandryll|
|Just wanted to let everyone know that Jinx from The Chosen just posted a great interview with Calandryll on his site. It includes a great game of "Who Wants To Be An Ultima Millionaire". Enjoy :)|
|Posted on Friday, May 19, 2000, 5:27 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Markee Dragon Interview With Retro|
We just received the following note from Markee Dragon:
Ultima Online Shard Appeal site. After successfully getting a shard
down under, he has started a new site that focuses on the UO and
gaming community in Australia. In this interview, Retro explains
how he was successful in getting a shard for his country and how
working with a positive attitude can get things done with large
gaming companies like EA / Origin.
Find this incredible interview here:
|Posted on Friday, May 19, 2000, 4:47 AM EDT by Casanova (CommunityNews)|
|UO Auto-Map 5.1 Released|
Belxan of Moonglow has released a new version of UOAM. Some of the new features are:
Download it here: http://uo.stratics.com/uoam
|Posted on Friday, May 19, 2000, 4:45 AM EDT by Casanova (CommunityNews)|
|Drunk mud wrestling contest Sunday|
|Snow submitted the following announcement:|
Come one, come all, to the Drunk Mud Wrestling contest, sponsored by Cassima Takier of the DTM Guild, in association with Imperial Productions.
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 11:17 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Here we are again. Another Friday night and nothing to do. Well, get your butt on down to Grimoire and bust some heads! Hey, you're already paying for your UO account and what better way to save money? Why spend a ton of money on dinner and a movie. She doesn't like you anyway. |
Friday Gladiator Event at Grimoire Arena.
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 12:55 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Sorry for the absence...|
...But I had some hardware/utility company problems for the past month. Needless to say, all things are resolved and I am back in action. See you out there in the world we call home.
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 10:37 AM EDT by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Introducing Kazz Comics|
Yet another comic site has just been founded:
"Kazz Comics", which is run by Jesse Avatar and his brother Kazz.
No less than four comics can be found on their website:
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 8:09 AM EDT by Casanova (CandidCoverage)|
|The Thomas Songbird Saga|
|Dear friends, |
Almost three weeks ago I posted of a major battle near Yew right before the introduction of Renaissance. Thomas Songbird, a bard of the Sambrook Pub and Winery, came in contact with a mysterious map that turned him into a lightning rod for orc aggression.
After an attack on the Pub he fled to the Blackcomb tower where another major attack took place lead by a green orc. The brave warriors led by Bladesong were able to repulse the orc army and Songbird escaped.
This leads us to Monday night. Once again the orcs were after Songbird who held up in the tower. Waves of orcs, ettins, trolls and orges descended upon them. With razor sharp blades and trusty arrows they stopped them in their tracks...that is until the green orc finally showed herself.
Yes, that's right. I said herself. It seems the leader who name was Scorn was one mean mama. Brazenly, she swept the defenders aside and made her way with powerful magic inside the tower.
It was at this point Thomas Songbird panicked and made a run for it. He was cut down to size by the frenzied mass at the door. While a ghost he was captured by Scorn's terrible magic. This seemed to be part of her plan because immediately they disappeared.
In the aftermath of this bloody battle there was a wide spread search for Thomas, but he was no where to be found. Soon, Elder Tulcumir came and informed everyone Thomas Songbird had been taken by Scorn to Shame.
For those who wish to help find the Bard of Yew please meet at the Blackcomb tower today 5/17 10:15 est/6:15 pst. There is a map to the tower here
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 7:49 AM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|A seafarer's greetings to all landlubbers...|
|*Puts on sailor's hat to give ye all this bit of information*|
Announcing the next Fishing Council of Britannia (FCB) auction on Sunday May 21 at 5 p.m. EST. Our sailors sell only items of highest quality and rarity. Even Red Dragon shops at our auctions! (Well, he walked by once, but we're quite sure he nodded...) Some featured items at this week's auction include a full ranger suit, haircut deed, full jars, fruitbasket, and bucket. More items arriving daily. Runes can be found at Cove Merchants Guild and Wanda's Wondrous Wares (small shop behind RD's tower).Gates will be cast from Britain main bank.Argh me maties, argh indeed!!!
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 7:04 AM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|Oracle of Courage to Speak at the Temple of the Avatar|
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2000
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 7:03 AM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Make new friends and own them at Spiritwood|
|The latest event at Spiritwood: |
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 4:55 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Murder most horrid|
|A series of gruesome murders in Sosaria - can you help? |
Thank you for sharing this with us Ghostfyr, and I hope the aid you seek is forthcoming.
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 4:50 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Falk Wins Grand Prix of Nu J'elem|
|Hail All! |
Scritus sends the following report regarding the Merchants on Tour Horse Racing Grand Prix:
"The first race in the new season is over. And I was overwhelmed by the masses of spectators. Unfortunately this again caused some acoustic problems. So for all who didn't hear me....or left early....Falk is a member of the Augen der Goetter guild. We thank Scritus for this update.
Go with the Virtues!
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 4:09 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|It Could Have Been You : Spiritwood Tavern Lottery Results|
|The results from last sundays (14th of may)lottery are as follows. |
If you want more information on the Spiritwood tavern or wish to become part of the taverns staff then you may wish to check out #spiritwood on Irc.Stratics.Com (port 6667) or mail the tavern at [email protected].
Directions to the Spiritwood tavern(Fellucia) are as follows.
Thanks to Fenris and the Spiritwood tavern for hosting this event.
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 2:30 AM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|Tales of Asur'Herenion : The Missing Soul Gem|
|I recieved this scroll a short time ago.|
The nightfall had silently come upon the shrine of chaos, when the dark ankh was illuminated by a blue mist, as a moongate formed. From it came the Lichdrow Chaszmyr and two cloaked figures. They quickly started a ritual too dark to be here describe. After their wicked chanting had ceased, a specter appeared, as dark as can be, and quickly gained a more concrete form. Shahrazad, queen of the Elves, observed this ritual from a distance. She knew she could not interfere, that it was too late and doing so would just further the problems. What she saw terrified her. Narae'Dran, the Father of King Khyl'Dran had just been resurrected upon that pedestal, and surely was here to bring back the havoc that he once had cast upon his people. Shahrazad quickly came back to her throne room, deep in thought, when a messenger approached her.
My heart goes out to the Elven Kingdom of Asur'Herenion! I can only imagine their frustration, what with Richtor Darkbane missing and the resurrection of the wicked Narae'Dran, Father of King Khyl'Dran. We shall keep abreast on the happenings and share them here, in the hopes that any information we uncover can assist the elves in this dark time.
Yours in the Light,
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 2:13 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Stratics hosts Swap Meet next week|
|A Swap Meet will be held Thursday, May 25, 8:30 CST, in the Serpent's Hold War room (formerly known as the Counselor's Guild) in the north eastern section of the city (near the mage shop.)|
This event, brought to you by Stratics, will give Siege citizens the opportunity to exchange goods and services with other members of the community. If you have resources or skills you would like to barter for someone else's resources or skills, this would be a good time to do that. It could be a chance to get scrolls for your spellbooks, arrows, potions, clothes, etc.Guilds which are recruiting might wish to have representatives on hand to talk about their guild and speak with potential members. Groups which are planning events might wish to discuss their plots and get some feedback or assistance in implementing their storylines. Owners of player venues who wish to have their establishments listed (or updated) on Stratics, please bring a rune and schedule a time for us to visit.
Door prizes are being donated by a number of people and are still being accepted. To register to win a door prize, bring a re-markable rune (destination unimportant), renamed with your name and a method of contacting you (messageboard URL, ICQ number, or e-mail address.) These runes will be recycled when the new SP Stratics Center opens. (A deed has been generously donated by Talon Freerunner. We await the lifting of the building freeze to place it.) You need not be present to win, but you must be present to enter, one entry per person. A complete listing of door prizes will be published next week.
The Swap Meet is open to the entire SP community. The location of Serpent's Hold was chosen for it's easy accessibility from Nystul's Gate in the Britain Castle courtyard. Should a group of 'dubious integrity" express a legitimate interest in participating, we will gladly hold the event elsewhere, provided we are able to arrange for adequate security. Any change in the venue, date or time will be promptly announced.
If you would like to assist in the organization of this event, have questions, would like to announce a particular item you have to trade/would like to trade for, or wish to donate a door prize, you may send an e-mail or post a message on the Siege Players' Forum.
We look forward to the Swap Meet and hope to see you all there.
|Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2000, 1:06 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Looking for a few good pens|
|Are your shoes worn thin from traveling from town to town? Your voice hoarse and sore from speaking with citizens across Britannia? Have a knack for putting pen to paper and writing an excellent story? Then mayhaps UOSS' General News Page is the place where you can not only show off your talent but help bring the community together with interesting, exciting stories and General news items about Ultima Online. |
UOSS is currently looking for active, talented citizens of the shards to add to our crack team of top-notch Ultima Online reporters. As a volunteer you are required to:
Good luck to all applicants!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 11:25 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (GeneralNews)|
|Safe Haven presents: Desert Storm II|
|Safe Haven mayor Luxor requests the honor of your presence for the following:|
Hail good people,
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 11:20 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Murderer's Marathon: Feets, don't fail me now!|
|Tavernmistress Alora, owner of The Shrub Garden, sent the following announcement:|
Brandy of DTM, in association with The Shrub Garden Inn & Tavern present:
One can only hope the guards don't eat their Wheaties that day! Best of luck to all the contests and thanks to Alora for sponsoring another innovative event.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 10:53 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Magincia Council Members|
|'ello thar all, |
Looks like we got us even more town news.....
Thankee mate fer the news, and g'luck in findin the right blokes to fill them thar roles.
Yers in ale and tale,
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 9:21 PM EDT by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|Orc Clan Update: The Full Story|
|Hail All! |
Further information has been forwarded to our office regarding this weekends' orc activities. Different sources paint a more complete picture of this We received the following information from Rabin Siggursson, renowned slayer of undead:
"I write in response to thy missive about the new orcs in the area of Cove. I have it on good authority from travelers in the area that the said orcs left the fort at Cove after many battles with the local orc clan (in which they seem to have been victorious). They were then seen in Cove where a human mage is believed to have opened a moongate for them at the request of this' Ghoti'.Sir Siggursson confirms that these orcs are demanding tribute before attacking, which is unusual behavior in orcs. We thank the famous slayer of undead for his information.
Finally, I discovered a report from the orcs themselves titled Storm Clouds Gather. This report confirms that the orcs kidnapped the orc fisherman Ghoti from the Skara Brae docks, and that they have claimed the Yew orc fort. The orc Puddlegum appears to be their leader, if one can truly be said to lead orcs.
Finally, one bit of confusing information; several eyewitnesses report that, far from calling the kidnapped orc "Ghoti," some of the orcs were calling him "Fish." The reasons for this are unknown as of this writing, though some scholars are insisting that "fish" is how "Ghoti" is pronounced.
We will keep you updated as this story develops. Go with the Virtues!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 8:03 PM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|UO Reporter Casanova to Marry Ayaluna|
|Hail All! |
Exciting news from UO Stratics Community News Reporter Casanova! We received the following note earlier today:
"I'm just dropping a line here to notify you of my upcoming wedding. Ayaluna and I will get married on the 20th of May at the Nujelm Palace in candyland.. err Trammel ;-)We hope you will join the UOSS Drachenfels News Team in congratulating Casanova and Ayaluna.
Go With the Virtues!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 3:25 PM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|Team Changes and Rumors|
|This just in from Calandryll: |
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 8:17 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Forbidden"Tome of the Blood Candles"found in treasure chest|
|We have recieved the following: |
A group of adventurers, led by Jurri the Rogue, recently unearthed an ancient tome in a treasure chest on a small island north of Trinsic. Jurri revealed that this book, called Tome of the Blood Candles, had been written by a band of dark monks who engaged in forbidden arcane practices. According to the Rogue, he had been employed to retrieve the Tome by Vilendra, the Emerald Enchantress.Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 7:44 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Codex cures communication curse|
|Communication has been established with Inmanilem, the green gargoyle who has been visiting CLOWN Town: |
And from another correspondent:
Thank you both, and good luck in the search for Quentin Smithe! The location of CLOWN Town can be found in the establishment section on the left, so if anyone thinks they have any information, why not go and pay them a visit.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 6:14 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Can we still save Felucca?|
|Some interesting theories on the fate of Felucca: |
Many thanks for writing.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 6:03 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Heroes of the Realm Tournament Winner|
The following was sent in by Vladimyr of Pair-A-Dice Casino:
The Heroes of the Realm Tournament Champion Has Been Declared!
Vladimyr also wanted to announce that the next Heroes of the Realm Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 20th, at 8pm CST. In addition to the tournament, there will be a craps game, chicken fights, and a house dealer for taking bets on the fights. Hope to see you there!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 2:55 AM EDT by Ceridwen (NapaValley)|
|This was sent in by Deuce of the United Blacksmiths of Britannia: |
Hail and well met! I am Deuce the new events co-ordinator for the UBB (United Blacksmiths of Britannia). We are scheduling an educational
There is also going to be a side event. We are going to make items for people who bring ingots! We will make you armor or weapons of your
We are hoping for a great turn out! And everything is free! So if you are a Smith under the Grand Master level, or if you are a Grand Master
Two events in one ?!! How am I going to do it? Just let me worry about that! Come and be educated and get free armor. What is the harm in
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
This event sounds very educational and worth the time checking out for all those who are blacksmiths in training.
May Mondain bless you on your chosen path!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 12:36 AM EDT by Endren Fenixfyre (GreatLakes)|
|Conservatory of Bardic Arts Now Hosted at Stratics|
|The Conservatory of Bardic Arts [CBA], an all shard professional guild for bards of all play styles, is happy to announce our move to the Stratics Network. We can now be found at http://uo.stratics.com/cba.|
In addition to the move, Brimstone, has set up, for a very limited time, CBA Logoed merchandise to be purchased thru Cafe Press. Brimstone designed the CBA Logo used on the merchandise so make sure to click the magnifying glass to see it up close. You can choose from T-shirts, mugs and a mousepad. A must have for all bards! Make your orders here.
The CBA is always welcoming new friends, be sure to enjoy the Library of many bardic tales including the infamous Vlad Talon Collection. Shardmasters are needed on several shards, so if you have an interest be sure to see if your shard is in need on the Contact Us page.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 12:36 AM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (CommunityNews)|
|Price Guides and "The Logic Stone"|
|Dracos Moira sent us the following announcement: |
Great news! The GxD Magic Weapons & Armor Price Guides can now be downloaded from the GxD Web site! These files are courtesy of Dracos Moira of the Pacific Shard. These files are available in Excel or Quattro Pro format. Enjoy!And a bit later this announcement came in:
The Logic Stone - an interesting, on-going UO related story. Readers can make choices within the story which will either lead to an ending or to a progression of the story. There are also hints which readers may try to guess via the "thoughts and views" board, or they can use the hints to make choices on what they will do next. Each update to the story ends with a "death" ending, a "hook" ending, and sometimes a "happily-ever-after" ending. Check it out here: The Logic StoneQuite a busy person :) Go have a look.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 4:01 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Who's tougher than Russell Crowe?|
The winner for Grimoire's first Gladiator fight night was....*drum rolls*
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 2:05 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Castle Capture the Flag Event Canceled|
|Royofca just sent us the following: |
I apologize to all the people that we had lined up to participate in our Castle Capture the Flag Event. From what I saw, it would have been an "all night" thing (from when the servers opened to when they closed). I am VERY sorry, but my friends and I are having some problems in real life that require canceling the event. Most of us are not going to be on for about a week or so. Again I am VERY sorry to all the people who were willing to play. Don't drink and summon...have fun and play well....
We are all very sorry to hear this Roy. I know I was looking forward to this event. Hope your problems are quickly settled and your back in armor soon.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 9:40 AM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|A few announcements regarding the IFC|
|The following are a few announcements from the ever so active Icelandic Floating Community. |
In Regards to the Festival of the VirtuesAnd here we have a notice ragrding their opening in the new lands of Trammel.
Icelandic Floating Community Open in Trammel this Tuesday!!Thankyou Earnst and the rest of the IFC Staff, and I can only hope I am able to attend at least a few of the said events.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 9:33 AM EDT by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|The Building of a Dream: The City of Sanctuary|
|With the new lands, comes new hope for many. Truly the visionary is only held back by imagination. The possibilities become what you make them. It was my pleasure to spend a few moments with one such visionary to discuss his dream of building a new city in Trammel. His name, Varrus Cauisu. His vision, Sanctuary. As we met up in front of the Empath Abbey in Felucca, Varrus buried a moonstone and a magical portal opened, leading us to Trammel. |
The possibilities are endless in Trammel. You can feel the energy all around you. The tingling down your spine as the hair on your arms stand on end, the feeling is truely haunting. It was at this point, Varrus asked me to wear a blindfold for he was taking me to where he planned to build his city, the city of Sanctuary. Understanding the necessity for secrecy due to the expecting land rush, I obliged. Varrus then recited an incantation and I stepped into the darkening void.
Upon removing my blindfold, I was greeted with unlimited green pastures. Surely I was hallucinating for I've never seen such sights in all my time in Felucca. It was a pleasant experience. After descending from my natural euphoria, it was time to discuss the city that will soon greet many visitors in these surroundings. I sat next to Varrus on a grassy knoll and began asking him some questions.
Endren: How did you first begin visualizing the city of Sanctuary?
Varrus: To be honest I always felt something was missing in the land of Felucca. So Basically it was either a choice of plodding along the same path or trying to build something better for all of us. The City came as second nature because Trammel will allow for placement of new houses, thus giving me the actual chance to build on it. I also felt a city would be better then just a guild because that might only create an elitist group where only the guild members could actually interact in the level we are trying to build.
Endren: Why the name "Sanctuary"?
Varrus: The city and spot was founded by a lost garrison of soldiers that were aiding in the defense of villagers while Nystul's gates were evacuating this village. The soldiers came through the gate while the villagers told them that this was to be their Sanctuary. The name stuck from that time on. There is much more to this story, but that's the short of it.
Endren: What is it that this city represents to you? And what do you see the city becoming in the future?
Varrus: To me, it is the place where I will strap on my trusty sword and walk the dusty streets, talking to the townsfolk and live a fulfilled life. Once the city is placed, I would like to see it become as busy as Britain. I would like every person to come and visit us even if just for a day. I can see this city as the starting point of a new style of life in Britannia.
Endren: So I'm taking this means Sanctuary will be open to everyone and not just a certain class of people?
Varrus: Everyone will be invited to be part of the city. Anyone that has been working with me on this project knows I am very strict on that matter. I will NOT allow any type elitist attitude grow within the city.
Endren: Who is all involved at the moment with the formation of this city?
Varrus: At this point we have some very key members and none of this would be possible without them. Matthias a friend and co-founder of the city. Aricia Delong has put large amounts of work into the city and her advice has kept us focused on the short term goals. Others that have also put a lot of time and effort into this are Serpico, Nausicaa, Kalos Bendaris, Taliq Aziel, Bain and Natrim Amory.
I would just like to mention that without their help this project would never have gotten any further then a dream. Thanks guys!
Well it seems as if Varrus and the rest have a lot of work ahead of them. After spending some time with him, I have come to realize that a true visionary is a person who is not afraid to dream but also a person who is not afraid to live that dream. With Mondain's blessings, I wish these people the best of luck in this vast project. I look forward to walking the streets in the city of Sanctuary.
For anyone interested in either aiding on the building of the city of Sanctuary or becoming a citizen, you can find more information at The City of Sanctuary Message Board.
May Mondain guide you on your chosen path.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 9:07 AM EDT by Endren Fenixfyre (GreatLakes)|
|Captain's Log -- Supplemental|
|Submitted by Herman Miller: Captain's Log -- Supplemental |
Today a rag-tag band of thieves raided our banks of Britannia. They showed organization and tactical maneuverability. Since the world-change, my men's power has dropped drastically. No longer do we possess the power to strike these ruffians down at first site; no, now we are forced to give chase and catch them before they can be brought to justice. This has proved to be a most difficult feat, but not an impossible one and the people still fear the city guards.
Two guilds known as the Army of Thieves and Brotherhood of the Hand all but took over Britain's east and west banks. They forced me to call a stage three alert, spreading my men short, and testing our limits. Most of the time the thieves were brought to justice, but there were too many times when they got away. These thieves know their trade well, and seemed to know how to get around the Guard's enforcement of the law.
The raids came without warning, at 0800 this morning, the West Bank of Britain was literally crawling with rogues. The AT and *H* abbreviation could be seen everywhere one looked, and keeping track of them all proved most difficult. Then the calls for help started pouring in. Robbing was happing all over and I'm willing to say that almost every citizen present reported something lost. Pretty soon people started leaving the West Bank to get away from the thieves. As could have been predicted this caused the thieves to move to the East Bank, continuing their reign of terror there.
We happened to have a sketch artist at the scene of the crime, and she drew three pictures for us. As you can see the thieves were almost mocking the guards. One tactic they used was to stand around an unsuspecting citizen, and simultaneously steal from that person. This caused two guards per thief to teleport in, swamping the bank with unwanted spam and cries of death. The thieves that didn't get away left an intricate design with their corpses on the ground.
I have heard of AT and *H* before. At first I wasn't sure, but I knew I knew them from somewhere. These are the very guilds who captured the City of Haven just a few 'morrows ago. Not to mention have the City of Ocllo well under their thumb. Haven, being a city not under Lord British's rule, was powerless to stop them. Hell, Ocllo is under Lord British rule, and THEY couldn't even stop them. During Haven's occupation, I sent the Mayor a message offering any services we may be able to provide. To my utter surprise, had the message returned to learn that the Mayor had been kidnapped by the rogues! The city was eventually liberated and Mayor returned safely, but today's events suggest that AT and *H* have very well not been defeated.
As can be suspected I do not trust these rogues one bit. I shall put in a request tomorrow for more men, to ensure we have the upper hand. Along with that request I will make sure the Guard Captains in Moonglow, Vesper, Minoc, Yew, and all the other cities are on full alert. These rogues are not to be underestimated.
-Herman Miller, Captain of Guard, Lord British 52nd
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 8:48 AM EDT by Dresden (Chesapeake)|
|The Clan Feud - TUR Village|
You've read about it in the news! You've defended the townships attacked during the quest for the Golden Tome fragments! You've heard of the rivalry between the Bloodrock Clan and the Sandlewood Box crew. Let's settle this dispute once and for all ....... On the FAMIL...errr...CLAN FEUD!! Yes, folks, it'll be a battle of the wits in TUR Village on Wednesday night, May 17th at 8:30 pm central. Please come and be a part of our studio audience as representatives from the Bloodrock Clan and patrons of the Sandlewood Box Tavern attempt to match answers to what the SURVEY SAYS! There'll be food, drinks and doorprizes. Bring a rune with your name on it to participate. (In the interest of taping, please check your rowdiness at the door.)
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 8:34 AM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|Temporary Reporter Checks In|
|Hail All! |
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Ithunk, articulate orc and temporary shard reporter for AOL Legends. Until Xena Dragon has the opportunity to recruit and train a decent human staff for AOL Legends, I will be serving as your reporter. I look forward to hearing about all the different human events on the shard. Perhaps I'll even send some of my orc brethren to participate. Har har.
If you any news or ideas for stories you'd like me to investigate, please contact me at the AOL Legends Home Office.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 6:52 AM EDT by Ithunk (LegendsAOL)|
|Moonglow Flee Market This Friday|
|Flyers are being distributed throughout the cities for this upcoming event. |
Announcing the Moonglow's Friday Night Flee Market (Trammel Facet/Catskills)
Good luck to the merchants and buyers alike!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 6:50 AM EDT by Brenna (Catskills)|
|Second Stormguard Relic Recovered By Thain Fallshorn|
|Tymaron of the Shadow Family relayed this news from the kingdom of Winterfell. |
The Guantlets of the Storms, the second of four Stormguard relics needed to defeat Lord Ventryn, has been recovered by Thain Fallshorn and the Kingdom of Winterfell.
This is indeed good news for the people of Winterfell! Congratulations on the victory, and good luck with your efforts to recover the missing two relics!
Thank you Tymaron for the information!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 6:38 AM EDT by Brenna (Catskills)|
|Benedict Appears Again in Kinship Village|
|I was very disturbed to received this note from Mishca of Kinship Village. Benedict, the mage responsible for attempts to spread a plague amongst the people of Kinship, Skara Brae, and Yew, has appeared yet again. |
To all who are concerned about the plague threat,Shortly after Mishca's letter arrived, I received a second note from Tymaron of the Shadow Family. He had also been present for Benedict's words at the tavern.
Benedict, the developer of the poison responsible for several deaths recently, arrived in Kinship Sunday night and asked for help. The skeptical tavern patrons listened as Benedict admitted that he was responsible for developing the poison, and that he was forced to do so by a person named Krelan.
The plague is responsible for several deaths already, and it has citizens from Trinsic to Yew frightened for their lives. I pray Ewan can be found alive and well!
Thank you Mishca and Tymaron for sharing this information!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 6:30 AM EDT by Brenna (Catskills)|
|Blacksmithing Essay Updated|
|Batir did it again. This time he went mad and figured out the success rate formula for blacksmithing. With the formula in hand he went ahead and updated the Blacksmithing Essay. If you're a blacksmith who has been having difficulty figuring out what items to make when, you will find everything you need to know in the updated Smithing Success Tables and Skill Gain Guide. |
Thanks Batir !
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 6:05 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Spring fayre planned at Spiritwood|
|The people of Spiritwood are planning another festival - and if previous events are anything to go by, it should be a good one: |
Many thanks Shri.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 5:10 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Mysterious New Orc Clan Captures Cove Fort|
|Hail All! |
Rumors have filtered in from citizens in Cove that a strange new clan of orcs have claimed the Cove orc fort for their own. Led by a mysterious orc named Ghoti, who apparently spends most of his time fishing in Skara Brae, this clan defeated the orcs living in the fort, and held it for most of Sunday. These new orcs look oddly human, though their behavior and, according to at least one report, odor leaves no doubt about their true nature.
Pug'Yula, representative of the orcs, had this to say:
"We Uruk-Hai. We kik shardees owt vrum fort. We take fort for livv. Hummies no come fort, it Uruk place!"Research supports the theory that "shardees" is a word which refers to the better known variety of orcs who previously held the fort. "Hummies" seems to be the colorful term this new orc group uses to refer to humans. It is believed that "we take for for livv" indicates that they intend to remain in the fort for some time ("take fort for life") or that they worship some sort of powerful leader or god named "livv."
Who are these mysterious new orcs? The UOSS Drachenfels News Team will bring you updates as they arrive.
Go with the virtues!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 4:38 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|Wanna join in on a group hunt?|
On Wednesday May 17th at 8:00pm EDT there will be a large group hunt to the ophidian lair sponsored by the Duir of Yew and the Heartkin guild. We will all meet in Moonglow in Trammel in the field to the west of the bank at approximately 7:30pm for a briefing and then we will head down to Papua and walk the rest of the way to the Lair. If you wish to join us, please contact Lady Tygress. You can reach her on ICQ at 62133870 or by e-mail at [email protected]
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 3:57 AM EDT by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|Report of Dire Wolves Attack on The Guardsmen Militia|
|Got this from Simon of The Guardsmen Militia:|
As I awoke to a mighty wailing and knashing of teeth I saw a huge pack, almost a legion of dire wolves leaping and bounding out of the bracken and fallen trees, all horrible growling sounds and drooling jowls. Seems the Yew woods have been infested with none other than wolves!
Thanks fer the report, friend. *Wipes wolf blood of his shield*
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 2:57 AM EDT by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|Inmanilem Hurt in ClownTown|
|I have been handed this scroll and been pleaded to let the people of Britannia know that there are still events going on in Felucca. |
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 11:04 PM EDT by FireFox (Europa)|
|Reenuk, are you out there?|
|Following the story 'Reenuk & the Wisp', I have received this scroll from Kas Valentine. |
So Reenuk, if these are your things please get in touch with Kas Valentine.
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 10:45 PM EDT by FireFox (Europa)|
|In last week's Poll, we asked about what new features you liked in UO:R. The top vote getter was Consentual-only PvP, at 36%. Next came the Party System, with 26% of the votes. 12% of the voters said they liked not being blocked by players or monsters. 11% think that Factions are the best feature. The new Monster AI received 9% of the votes. and combat enhancements brought up the rear with 5%. |
This week we want to know what percentage of your in-game time do you spend fighting monsters. so head on over to our Periodic Poll and let us know.
Last week, I asked all of you who didn't like UO:R to send me one reason you didn't like it. The response was great, with over 500 of you sending in a response.
This week, I am asking why you like UO:R. Please send an e-mail to [email protected], with ONE reason you like UO:R, other than land for new houses. Those of you who sent me reasons you liked it last week, please re-send your reason. Please do not send any more reasons you dont like UO:R, as the time for that was last week.
I will compile all the results from both polls, and publish it here next week.
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 10:40 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|Tuesday Night Fights!|
|This reminder just in.....|
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 3:34 PM EDT by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|Caina Cock Fights Re-Opened!|
The Caina Cock fights will once again take place this Wednesday (the 17th) in the city of Caina on Ice Island at the Asylum of Perdition Casino. The registration starts at 10:00 PM EST and the actual fights start at 10:30 PM sharp. The entrance fee is 500 gold per cock. Chickens will be available at the Asylum, but in limited number. It is highly recommended that you bring your own chicken. Gates will be provided from Skara Brae, Britain, and Serpent's Hold at 10:00 PM. The winner of the fights receives half of the entrance fees as a prize.I thank you, Navrip, for this update on a most enjoyable continuous event.
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 1:55 PM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Crimson Sands of Evermore News|
It had been a frustrating night already. I was so close to being able to resurrect heroes with my healing skill but just haven't been able to gain. In vain, I travelled to arctic islae and then to Yew, where I was killed and lost only my regs and my bandages. I returned to the Crimson sands of Evermoore while Tanya and Dr Fate searched for the monsters that stole my regs.Thankye, Hengist, and Shadow Weaver, for this news.
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 1:53 PM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|All Out PvP Event|
|JP sent us the following information: |
All-out PvP Event! May 18, 6:00 PM PST
Anyone can join. This event will be held in Felucca at the clearing north of Vesper. The clearing will be the "arena" in which all participants are to stay. Non-participants are to form a perimeter around the clearing.
All participants will be searched for any of the above items.
This event is to the death. Once you have died you can not rejoin the event.
Participants will be searched at the end of the event if anyone's belongings come-up missing.
Winner will receive 100,000 gold and a Bow of Vanquishing.
For more information, please e-mail JP.
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 5:08 AM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|Wisps : Lovers of Music?|
|In reply to my report on conversing with wisps , I recived the following information. |
Many thanks to Blaze for this interesting update on the investigation of Wisps.
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 2:14 AM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|Evil invaders attempt to sack KoA village|
|Galahad sent in two reports of attacks against the Knights of the Alliance village south of Trinsic:|
Thank you, Galahad, for providing these facts. Our thoughts are with you and your community during these times of crisis.
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000, 12:52 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Orks of Kor attack VKR, SoE and HE while they feast....|
Twas a feast to celebrate the coming together of three guilds, in common cause to rid the realm of the Orc uprising. Many Knights and Mages shared tales of battles, as well as mugs of fine Ale.
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 9:15 PM EDT by Multani (Oceania)|
|I didn't notice the old man when I had first entered the inn, the increased jeering from the younger warriors was what had finally distracted me from my thoughts on current events.|
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 7:18 PM EDT by FireFox (Europa)|
|Looking for Legends Reporters|
|Are your shoes worn thin from traveling from town to town? Your voice hoarse and sore from speaking with citizens across Britannia? Have a knack for putting pen to paper and writing an excellent story? Then mayhaps UO Stratics' Legends News Page is the place where you can not only show off your talent but help bring the community together with interesting, exciting stories and news items about the new Legends Shard and her citizens. |
UO Stratics is currently looking for active, talented citizens of Legends to add to our crack team of top-notch Ultima Online reporters. As a volunteer you are required to:
Good luck to all applicants!
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 6:57 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (LegendsAOL)|
|Legends Forum Opens Today|
|Along with this new News Section for the Legends Shard we have opened a Forum for all Legends players. If you are having trouble finding other Legends players, or just want to ask some questions, or perhaps even lend a hand then feel free to have a look. |
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 6:56 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (LegendsAOL)|
|First Report of the New Shard|
|A first report from this new shard: |
With all the pomp and circumstance of the opening of a new 7-11, AOL Legends went online at approximately 11pm EST, May 10th. Ithunk, orc reporter, wandered about Britain on the Trammel moon for about twenty minutes before wandering into his first fellow human, a gentleman who usually plays on Baja. It was another ten minutes before Ithunk ran into another human being.Thanks for the report.
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 6:35 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (LegendsAOL)|
|Get UO:Renaissance for free !|
|Have a look at this I found : |
Right now, for a limited time, AOL members can register a new account in Ultima Online , the Internet's leading online game, and receive a FREE Ultima Online: Renaissance game CD along with 30 FREE days of game play-a $20.00 retail value.For all the details, go to https://uordisc.uo-offer.com/
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 6:28 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (LegendsAOL)|
|Are you Going to Scarborough Faire?|
|Heather of Great Lakes sent us this: |
Time is running out. Sign up today for the Austin UO Player's Luncheon to be held at 1pm on Sunday, May 28th, 2000 at the Scarborough Faire near Waxahachie Texas. Tickets for the lunch are $25 per person, this includes Faire ticket and lunch ticket. You can pay by credit card or electronic transfer online by using http://www.paypal.com You must pay for your tickets by this next Friday, May 19th, to receive the group discount.
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 5:39 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Crisis in the Elven Kingdom of Asur'Herenion|
|Many of you may be familiar with the increasing elven activity in our realm. The story I relate to you now shines a light on recent troubles within the Elven Kingdom of Asur'Herenion. The story is just as I witnessed it not but one day ago. Take a seat friends, let me begin my tale.|
I was walking to the town of Yew on the Felucca Facet, to tend to my shop just East of Empath Abby. On my way there, I encountered a group passing by in the forest. At first their silent, stealthy steps were surprising, it was by sheer luck that I had been able to pinpoint them throughout he dense Yew forests at all. I soon recognized them at however, they were the elves of the Kingdom of Asur'Herenion. Having met the kindly King Khyl'Dran, I counted them as friends and approached them. However, their usual cheerful aspect was substituted by a grim look, as if something terrible had happened.
"Friends...pardon my frankness, but what is the matter? Is something amiss?" I asked.
"Indeed something is, Aleph Aeirs," Said one elf. "Our King, Khyl'Dran, has disappeared in some manner I do nay comprehend...He was trapped, somehow, inside a crystal by use of some obscure form of magic."
I was stunned, it took a moment for the information to sink in. "This is horrid news...who did this thing?" I inquired.
"Come inside and I will tell you," Said the elf. He beckoned me towards an opening in the thick forest. Inside, the elves had created an hidden encampment. They served me some elven wine and offered me a seat around the fire.
"It is the Drow. This, a group that had once been taken for granted, They were not considered a threat," explained the elf, "but they have erred, we have all erred. The Drow are the greatest threat of all..."
I sipped from my elven whine, deep in thought. It was true that the Drow were not seen as a threat, so to speak. No one had considered it, until now.
The elf continued: "Our king had gone to speak diplomatically with the Lichdrow Chaszmyr. It was there that he was taken by Nai Asonod, a defector from our kingdom who joined the Lichdrow's guild Agrach Dyrr. I know little more. But we are seeking all information we can find."
I was incensed and inspired to action immediately. Although human, I have a special place in my heart for the elven culture. To think the Drow would look to make them suffer so!
I stood, thanking the elves for their hospitality.
"Tell me friends, where would I be most likely to find Nai Asonod?" I asked.
"Look to Caina, he is known to frequent that damnable city." Said one of the elves.
"Friends, I am just one man, but I will attempt to gather some information...perhaps shed light on this nightmare."
The elves around the fire simply looked at me and nodded. The fire sparkled in their eyes, a deep sadness in their expression.
I nodded in return, thanked them once again, making my way to Caina.
The city was deadly cold, being located in the frozen wastelands of Dagger Isle. I made a point not to spend too much time in this wretched city, one for the environs, the other because I have never been all that..welcome. I chose to begin my hunt for this Nai Asonod in the Tower of Skulls.
I stepping on the stairs and walking into the tower, my head swooned. Decay and dust, the very nature of the tower, had an ill effect on my being. Shaking off the sensation, I surveyed the scene. Nai Asonod was no where to be seen. I decided to check the upper levels of the tower, hoping that I could either find him, or clues to his whereabouts.
As luck would have it, (so to speak) there he was. He was on the second floor of Golgotha, engrossed in a an ancient manuscript, the like which I had never before seen.
Nai looked up from the ancient tome, his silver hair spilling out across the dark knight armor he wore. He knew me by sight, yet I had never met him in person.
"Greetings Aleph, interested in the..happenings as of late, or so I hear..."
His smile was disturbing, as he toyed with a diamond necklace around his neck.
I was quiet for a moment, not certain where to begin. Here he was, the antagonist. I was certain of myself when I left the elves in the clearing...but faced with Nai Asonod himself, I wasn't all that sure what to say.
"Come then, Aleph..I offer you a chair, how can I help you in your search for knowledge?"
I smiled nervously. "Well, to begin, I am very interested in verifying rumors I have heard. As you may know, I am a member of the press. As a professional courtesy I approach you first. Virtues forbid I share news of these happenings without knowing the facts first."
At the mention of the Virtues, he chuckled softly. I took a moment to glance at the tome he had been studying. I could make out one line, but it made no sense to me. Something concerning the entrapment of Eldritch Daemons known as Arcanaloth...
He abruptly closed the book. Startled, I jumped. "Well, good Aleph...I see you are a bit..uneasy in my presence....let me first assure you that you are safe, in body and in mind. And that is well that the public should know of the goings on...it is the Truth...and the truth, tis said, shall set ye free."
He shifted his slight elven frame in the large throne, a wickedly bladed ax rested beside him, leaning against the wall.
He proffered forth a glass of blood red liqueur. "Some wine, before I make the tale known?"
I am certain the disgust showed on my face. The smell of the liquid was not foreign to me, it was blood wine. "Oh..well, I...well see, I am not known to partake in...beverage of that nature. I thank thee none the less."
I did however take the seat offered. "However, I would gladly hear the details of recent events, sans the libation of course..."
He shrugged and set the goblet of bloodwine down on a mahogany desk. "Well then, I shall tarry no longer... Up until most recently, I was a member of the Kingdom of the Elves, known as the Asur'Herenion. As a member, I was a trusted individual, the Ambassador, a friend to all, and like a father to most."
He appeared slightly saddened, perhaps by some memory or realization, but he quickly shrugged it off, continuing to speak. "After some doings and much thinking on my part, I decided it best to leave them, as I, obviously, am not a child of light." He took a long sip of the wine, and began again. "After much deliberation on my part, as well as the Lich Drow Chaszmyr's, and after many jibes and taunts, mocking and mental beatings by the hands of my one time friends, I decided to take matters a step further, and came upon a plan to capture none other than Khyl'Dran, the King of the Asur'Herenion." He smiled darkly and held the diamond of necklace up to be seen. "Sometimes...there is no way to escape what fate deals out...." He said, as he let the chain drop back to his chest.
The words left my lips as soon as they entered my head. "Captured..in that necklace there? But..how? How could you do such a thing?"
He smiled darkly and twirled the gem to sparkle in the dim light. "Yes..very perceptive, Aleph, this gem is the means of containment..but how you ask? To understand this you must first understand who implemented the process, at least in part. I am not from this plane of existence. I hail from a land known as Faerun. There, I was a great mage and a feared warrior" He chuckled laconically at this. "Though the better part of my magic is worthless here..." He looked at the gem bemusedly. "...Sometimes I find a place...where the power is sufficient to make it work correctly, thus we have this.
My determination grew, and I took a deep breath. It was more important to gather information, I simply had to keep my temper in check. "So the rumors are indeed true. I am...stunned to say the least." I look closely at the diamond necklace. "You have done a horrible thing here, tell me..what are your intentions now? Surely you realize that an event of this nature cannot go unavenged..."
He smiled and put the necklace back on his neck. "A horrible thing, eh? Perceptions based upon perceptions would suggest this, yes. But, would you like to know the Truth of it, Aleph?"
I nodded "Aye, I would."
"I do this that the balance of darkness and light may be maintained...not out of malice or spite. I hold Khyl'Dran in Temporal Stasis, whilst his father, the recently resurrected Naera'Dran...who has been in the pits of the Abyss, stewing in madness for his dark allegiances....will form the Dark Kingdom...the counter balance to the Herenion....Dark Elves, to set the scales back aright in favor of neutrality..." He shrugged. "I mean no harm to the entrapped monarch...unless I am provoked to it."
I shook my head, saddened by this state of affairs, confused as to the logic of that statement. "All this to weaken the Kingdom of Asur'Herenion?" I countered. "Pardon my frankness, but it would appear that Naera'Dran is not the only one stewing in madness. You say that you mean no harm, but surely you can see how those who pledge allegiance to King Khyl'Dran would consider this imprisonment the very definition of harm... "
He was most amused by this, shaking his head he chuckled darkly. "Always the same idealistic response. So typical, so very predictable. In any case, spare me this exploration of morality. I have shared with you the information you seek, tell me, what more is there to know? The monarch son resides here, to better facilitate the resurrection of the father." He held the necklace up once again.
"Surely you know that others will intervene, surely you understand that the elves will not just sit back and allow this to continue!" I said.
At this he chuckled once more. "You would have Justice then, aye?" His chuckle turned to a laugh. "You haven't the foggiest notion of the depth of this issue. Tread lightly Aeirs, and be prepared for the outcome should you decide to meddle any further in this business..."He said as he stood.
I stood as well. "Certainly you do not expect people to sit idle while the elves suffer, do you?"
He smiled, looking directly into my eyes. "On the contrary, I certainly do hope they take action..."
He leaned over the table that held the tome, it opened as he passed his hand over the top. "Now Aleph, I have some work to do here,...unless you would care to watch me..." He said in a malevolent tone.
But I had seen and heard enough. His intentions were clear, and I could nay stand by and watch him practice his dark magicks. "I think not, thank you for your time, we will speak again..." I said curtly.
With that he chuckled once more. "Oh yes, yes we shall..."
With that, words of powers passed my lips and I was away.
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 12:16 PM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Dragon Town Auction Announced for May 14|
|Hail All! |
"Next in-game auction will be held in Dragon Town at the merchant tower on Sunday, May 14, begining at 20:00 CET GMT-1 MEST). We will start to collect goods at 19:00."The Dragon Clan auctions have been held for several months now at the tower. Typically, they ask that the items you bring for auction be truly exceptional or rare.
Go with the Virtues!
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 9:41 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|The Black One Appears!|
|Ryak of the Sandalwood Inn sent us this bit of news earlier in the eve. |
The presence of a dragon can instill even the most valiant warrior with a sense of dread. The presence of a dragon, speaking in the human tongue and covered with black scales isn't something oft' seen in these lands. But last night, a dragon known as The Black One, shook the very ground he walked upon as he lumbered towards me and m'lady XTerra as we were conversing outside The Sandlewood Box. When he spoke, his tone was mocking and frightening. He scoffed at the attempts being made to restore the Gold One's Tome of Virtue. He foretold of bringing utter chaos to the world and demanded that we denounce our love for the virtues. He even cackled at the supposed demise of the Gold One, which brought whispers of concern from those in attendance. By this time, a small crowd had gathered outside on this dark night and began murmuring amongst themselves "Could this dragon be telling the truth?" "Is the Gold One truly lost to us?". The Black One laughed at our questions, obviously amused with what he considered to be no threat to him or his plans. Conjuring powers beyond our comprehension, this foul beast summoned a small legion of orcs who attacked us on sight. The Black One laughed as we desperately tried to fight against this sudden onslaught. With a snarl he departed...
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 6:14 AM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|ALBE New Comic Alert!|
|Azazel sent us the following: |
Have you had trouble finding that stable master? Can't seem to locate a thief guildmaster? Stuck as a ghost because the healers went to lunch? Wondering where all the NPCS are? Well ALBE can tell you! We have a new comic entitled "Can't Take A Hint" and it's available for you right now now now! So come on down to ALBE where the prices are always low and the deals are hot hot hot!
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 5:57 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CandidCoverage)|
|Capture the Flag Event|
|Duncan of the Test Center Shard sent us the following information about an event he will be having: |
Purple Potion Capture the Flag
There will be two teams; a red team and a green team.
Participants are to remove all clothing and armor, except for shoes and boots.
No weapons or magic allowed.
Red and green robes will be handed out.
If a player crosses onto the other teams side, that side can throw purple potions at that player.
Participants may not throw potions into the other side.
There will be a table on each side with a red or green backpack on it. Participants from opposing teams will attempt to retrieve it.
This event is to the death. This event will be held at the Britain Cemetery at 6:10 PM EST, May 17, 2000.
Any players who wish to participate can contact Duncan for more information.
Hope to see you there!
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 2:43 AM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|Ultima Online Travelogues is Redesigned|
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 1:20 AM EDT by Beastmaster Josh (CommunityNews)|
|Heroes of the Realm Tourny Tonight|
|This is just a friendly reminder from Vladimyr that the Pair-A-Dice Casino will be holding their 1st every Heroes of the Realm Tournament tonight, Saturday, at 10 PM CST. |
More information can be found at their website: http://www.steppenstones.com/rbd/heroes/
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 1:03 AM EDT by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|***IMANEWBIE does BRITANNIA*** New 'Toon! #107|
Hi there! Last week Tryon's attempt to rescue ImaNewbie from the convent didn't exactly go as planned. Now the two of them are chained side-by-side to a wall and things don't look good. Head on over to my site and check out the latest. Also a new midi for you and some new polls.
|Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000, 12:31 AM EDT by Beastmaster Josh (CandidCoverage)|
|Castle Capture the Flag Event|
|I was sent the following information by Roy about an event to be held on Thursday at 5 PM on the Test Center Shard: |
MASSIVE CASTLE WAR OF CAPTURE THE FLAG:
- Two teams of 20 people will each be guilded to one of two guilds. These guilds will be warring against each other to allow participants to attack freely.
- Each guild will have a castle next to the other teams.
- A team must try to invade the other teams castle and take an item. Item to be set when we begin. Each team will know the others item of choice before beginning.
- Only referees can res. Each person can only be resurrected 5 times.
- No gate/recall spells.
- No returning to town for items/materials. The castles are very far from any town.
- No controlled animals. This includes dragons. All controlled animals will be killed by the referees.
- No precasting of any kind before the fight begins.
- No banning. Each team will be friended to their castle only to use the "remove thyself" command
- Summoned creatures CAN be banned.
- The spell meteor swarm is not allowed.
- The spell chain lightning is not allowed.
- You may not lock down ANY item. Only the referees will be co-owners of their respective castles.
- Any weapon is allowed, magic or not. Poisoned or not.
- Any blessed items are allowed. Armor or weapons can also be blessed during combat.
- Items of spell reflect are NOT allowed.
- A team can lay out many of their "flag" items in an attempt to confuse the attacking team.
- Each teams "flag" item MUST be under 100 stones in weight.
- A person may only go 1/2 a screen away from the either castle. Running further will result in you being banned from the game.
- Each team will have 10 minutes to recall to town before the fight to retrieve items/materials from their bank. Any member who does not return in the allotted time will not be allowed to play.
- ALL skills are allowed during combat and can be changed at any time.
- UO Assist is not allowed. We all should know the reason for this.
- This event is in a secret location. We will be picking teams in Britain near the Sweet Dreams Inn and will gate you from there.
- After the event is over, the winning team will receive BOTH castles and will vote amongst themselves how to divide it.
- YOU MUST HAVE FUN!
If you are interested in playing capture the flag, meet us at the Sweet Dreams Inn on Thursday, 5 PM PST
Any players who wish to participate can contact Roy for more information.
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 9:52 PM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|Spiritwood Chess Evening|
|I recived the following message from Aranlindale of the Spiritwood Tavern, |
Directions to the Spiritwood Tavern (Fellucia)as given by Aranlindale.
Thanks to Aranlindale, the Spiritwood Tavern Bartender , for this information.
You can find information about the chess evening and other events hosted by the Spiritwood Tavern by visiting #spiritwood on Irc.Stratics.com (port 6667)or by E-mailing the staff there at [email protected]
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 9:32 PM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|Moonglow Tavern to Host an Evening of Tale and Song!|
|We have recieved the following: |
The recently opened Moonglow Tavern, found just south of the Encyclopedia Magika, is proud to announce its first ever "Evening of Tale and Song". Hosted by Lienna Revyan, the tavern's house bard, the night promises to be filled with great talent. Bards from through out the lands are invited to come and share their craft and enjoy an evening of spirits and hospitality. Whether ye be a bard by trade, or simply by hobby, we invite ye to share your work! Enthusiasts of a fine tale and good wine are also invited to enjoy the eve.Thanks!
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 5:05 PM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Inmanilem speaks of truth in ClownTown?|
|For the second day in a row now, Gargoyles have invaded ClownTown: |
Many thanks Valkyria.
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 3:37 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Kurrazg and Turme Fall!|
Ku Kullin's Journal
War...A way for beings of hate and malice to prove that they are stronger then the other. Generals leading the armies of their choosing, into battlefields where many shall be carved down where they stand, either by the arrow, spear, or sword. Such was the way of tonight near the dungeon of Destard. The Stoic Teleburiel summoned the chosen of Britannia's finest to the swamps near this evil place, seeking a final battle against the demonlord Kurrazg. Leading this rag-tag army was the legendary warrior, Turme, now resurrected and ready to fight once again, as he did so many years ago. He fought the demon and won, but lost his life as well, and was tormented for so long. Only by a small band of heroes was he convinced to come back to face the demon again.
Now we stood in formation, many like myself were on horseback, while others stood on their feet, clutching spells, weapons and bandages to prepare for battle. Turme and Teleburiel stood in the front, scanning the battlefield. Behind us, the secret M'kabi Tribe stood by their huts, holding their spears and muttering in their archaic tongue, mostly spooked by the tamed dragons that were at our flank.
The scouts cried out and I heard the howls. Dire wolves and Hellhounds appeared through the swamp mist, snarling and frothing at the mouths, heading for our army. Clutching my Kryss, I spurred my horse forward and delivered my first blow upon a direwolf, who quickly crumpled to the ground, dead. Other warriors sprung to the attack, many hacking and slashing away, while others were dragged to the ground and overwhelmed by teeth and claw. Teleburiel and Turme were fighting back to back, the stoic's staff smashing the faces of the wolves, while Turme's sword slashed a cruel arc of death into the guts of a hound.
Soon the bodies of dogs and humans covered the ground, I raced along the battlefield, slashing and impaling what beast came to me. It was then that I saw the demons. They lumbered forward, howling and raging in all their demonic fury. Before I could turn my shield, the Tamer commanded his dragons, which swarmed the demons. I watched in awe as the dragons clawed, bit, and scorched the demon's hide while the demon howled and bellowed in return.
I turned my horse in time to spot the hero Turme who was racing across the muck to one demon. It was Kurrazg, the hunter! I swore to the Warrior not to interfere, but my instincts told me he did not stand a chance alone. I turned my horse around and raced forward, ready to charge the demon. Turme was already slashing away at the demon, which just stood there laughing.
If my heart still worked, it would have sunk at the sight I saw next. The Demon Kurrazg swung his massive hand, striking Turme and sending him into the swamps. Horror befell me, as the body of Turme moved no more. The other warriors who began hacking and slashing at the demon's hide quickly swarmed him. I ordered my horse and we charged, diving between warriors and mages and aided my kryss to the damage to the monster. The Demon flailed about, striking warriors at random, unable to slay a single one. Turme's blow must have dazed him enough to allow the other heroes to strike the demon down, letting out a howl of agony.
As I gazed down at the body of the Demon, my spirit flared within me. As the others celebrated the death of the demon, my mind turned to the spirit of Turme, who was now back in the void, along with the Demon, fighting him once again for another eon. Teleburiel stood with me and exclaimed, "The Demon is defeated, Squire...rejoice and be thankful." I could not rejoice, for a great hero died in the midst of the battle. Other bodies littered the ground, many already becoming the feast for the rot.
What was there to rejoice about in death?
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 3:16 PM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Two items of import from the High Council|
|These parchments arrived today bearing the seal of the High Council:|
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 12:55 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|"Me Dinner!" - Encounters With Wisps!|
|Deep in the forests of our realm Britannia there lives a strange group of beings.Beings which have neither arms , legs or any physical features and are only distinguishable as a sparkly blue floating orb. The nature of these creatures is of the best part unknown , although there are many tales involving these creatures detailing quests for treasure and deliverance from danger , none of which have been proven true or false. |
If you have any interesting tales or information which you think might aid my on going investigation , please send them into me.
Also if you are interested in reading the rest of "Talking to wisps" , you will find it along side other great UO in one of the many libraries across Britannia
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 10:28 AM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|VKR are looking for help in there battle with the orks...|
Virtuous Knights of the Realms appeals for new members.
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 9:36 AM EDT by Multani (Oceania)|
|Yet Another New Reporter!|
|Hail and well met! |
As a loyal resident of the Atlantic shard for over two years, I felt it was time for me to give something back to you, the citizens of Britannia. You have all helped me, and countless others to gain the experience it takes to become a strong player and the fellowship needed to live a confident, honorable life. As a Quest & Event reporter, I will try to bring our many crusades and combats alive through words. I trust that my stay here at UOSS will be enriching and enlightening for all of us, as we acquire a greater sense of community through the participation of the many events and quests that shape our gaming world.
The best of luck to all, in your adventures and in life.
May our paths lead us to friendship!
Have an event you'd like all Britannians to know about? Please feel free to contact any one of the Quest & Event reporters.
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 9:02 AM EDT by Lady Gwenyvere (QuestandEventNews)|
|Client Patch 2.0.0b|
|The following was just added to FYI: |
Client Patch 2.0.0b
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 7:59 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Enter the Battlezone this Saturday|
|Shaun brings you the latest on his Pvp tournament, Battlezone:|
This is SHAUN, Protector of the Feeble, reporting some of the latest Battlezone news. I would like you all to recognize the PLAPS, in my opinion the would-be victor of the tournament. He delivered two battles of such intensity that the entire crowd, when asked who they think won the battle, shouted his name. I hope for him to participate in the next tournament so I can take some screens and post them on the Battlezone site im going to be launching. You can expect to see the site in about a week.
For more information about the tournament, please contact Shaun. Our best wishes to him as he continues his efforts to sponsor this up and coming tournament each week.
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 7:39 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Log of House of Commons Chat has been posted|
|The complete log of the Fifty-Third UOHoC Open House chat has been posted, and is available from the House of Commons website.|
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 6:45 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Dragon's Dung and Sacrifice|
|Torum Firestar made an interesting discovery outside the dungeon of Destard. There is much more to this story friends, read on for the details. |
I was walking around the world, as I do when I get bored and I stumbled across this just a little ways away from the entrance to destard and thought it was strange so I thought I would send it in. I went into destard but didn't find anything else. I guess a dragon killed him or something.
Now this find would be interesting in itself, but as with most things in our realm, there is a story behind it. The tale begins with a young paladin in Trinsic. While searching through some old relics, this paladin came across a powerful sword. Realizing its power, he sought to take it to the shrine of Sacrifice for safe keeping. But tales of the find leaked out beyond the Paladin's order, and evil men were waiting for him upon his arrival. He managed, with the aid of the sword, to defeat them, but alas, he lost his life doing so.
Now, it is said that the shrine took the sword into its safekeeping and was waiting for the right time to act. The history of events tells that the shrine instructed the lost spirit of the paladin to bring adventurers to its sacred grounds, so that the sword may be returned to the world of men.
It is then that a ghost appeared on the bridge north of Vesper. Never saying a word and seemingly unable to be resurrected, he always stayed a few steps away from any one who would approach. He wordlessly lured those around him to follow to the Shrine of Sacrifice, occasionally blinking in and out of sight. The adventurers that followed defeated a group of bandits that had come seeking the sword. If that were not fascinating enough, they were then addressed by the shrine itself!
"Take this talisman...Seek out William the smith, in Vesper... Give it into his care, and you shall be rewarded...May the path of Sacrifice guide you..."
The adventurers then travelled to the Ironworks in Vesper, where William the Smith purchased the weapon for 2000 gold pieces. Rumor of the sword reached Gregory Ironhand, Guildmaster of the Moonglow Tinker's Guild.
At his request, those present sought out Lord Hiram to claim the artifact. They met Hiram and his noble companion, Valthorp. They found them to be two very obnoxious spoiled rich boys. In the end, they ended up trying to kill Hiram in town, and Hiram escaped with the sword. The two nobles were seen a second time. This time, the players managed to find them and Gregory at the same time. At this point, Gregory examined the sword and determined that it was indeed the Sword of Sacrifice. But then, the nobles escaped. Adventurers searched desperately for them throughout the night. But the nobles had fled north and along the way were ambushed by bandits. The sword was then used by Hiram, killing him in the process. Seeing his fallen friend, Valthorp took the sword and ran to Vesper.
En route to Vesper, Valthorp was ambushed by more bandits, yet this time the sword was taken. Valthorp was found later moping about the Vesper tavern, mourning the loss of his friend and pointing players to Buc's den for the Sword of Sacrifice. A large party of adventurers headed to Buc's Den to seek the sword. There, they were attacked by Thieve's guild brigands, and met a rogue who for a bribe, would tell them the information they needed.
It was discovered that the sword was being stored in the thieves hall, and was being smuggled off the island the following Friday on a supply ship. The players were then attacked by red cloaked assassins, warriors that reputedly appear, attack, and disappear just as quickly...
A large party of adventurers headed to the island, and intercepted the assassins and their cargo. Among the cargo captured was a crate of swords. Gregory was able to pick out the right one. It is then that a thief by the name of Breiswight stole the sword, eluding those who pursued him.
The thief obviously met his demise outside of the dungeon Destard, (as shown in the rendering submitted by Torum Firestar) and the evidence would suggest that it was at the hands...or claws...of a dragon. About this time, an ancient red wyrm began to make appearances throughout the realm. It was later discovered that this same ancient wyrm was in posession of the Sword of Sacrifice. Deduction suggests that the dragon responsible for the untimely end of the thief Breiswight is indeed this ancient wyrm.
There are many questions, that much is certain. Recent accounts tell of the ancient wyrm being attacked by this mysterious band of red cloaked assassins. Who are these assassins, and who is behind their involvment in these events? The sword itself is sought by many different organizations within the realm. The ancient wyrm does indeed posses this sword and it is suggested that the wyrm wishes to trade the sword for something of import. What that trade is, or what it would define as important is not yet clear.
This Sword of Sacrifice is deadly powerful weapon. A relic once belonging to the Paladins of Trinsic, we know that it can kill man or beast in one blow...but with one caveat. Upon using the sword, the wielder will lose their life as well.
I shudder to think of the ramifications should this sword fall into the wrong hands. I look forward to your thoughts friends.
Yours in the light,
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 6:32 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|"No Recall for Aggressors" Fix|
|This was just posted to Testing for Next Update: |
"No Recall for Aggressors" Fix
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 6:27 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Seeking Tales of Adventure: Cities|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the UO website: |
Seeking Tales of Britannian Cities - Buccaneer's Den
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 5:13 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Museum Anniversary a Success!|
|Here is a recounting of the recent celebration in Wintermoor, enjoy!|
A very engaging event to be sure. Congratulations to the residents of Wintermoor on their success, we all look forward to future events!
Yours in the Light,
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 4:53 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|I swar...I wasn't no whar near thar! |
I'm a respectable sea cap'n that's all I is!
Thankee fer the recount of yer adventures, I'll be sure to keep me eye out fer them bandit's so I can find thar ship and....erm, sink it! Yah! That's it, sink it so's they can't sail no more!
Yers in ale and tale,
|Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2000, 12:01 AM EDT by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|Trinsic Council of Honor Meeting!|
|And yet more town activity, |
Aint it jest wonderful when folks come together to get thin's done? *smiles*
I 'ope all goes well mate and thankee fer the information.
Yers in ale and tale>
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 11:55 PM EDT by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|Election for Britain City Ambassador|
|'ello yet again folks, |
Now if'n this 'ere keeps up, everyone'll be a bloody politician! *evil grin*
Jest kiddin mates, enjoy this..
Hear ye, hear ye! The candidates for the Britain City Ambassador will be addressing the public tonight (Thursday, May 11). Come out and meet them, and hear what they have to say! Ballot Box location will be provided after the speeches.
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 11:51 PM EDT by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|Golden Knights #28|
|We received the following announcement:|
Golden Knights #28: THE BATTLE GROUNDSThanks, and good luck to the contestants!
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 9:38 PM EDT by Ima Supa (LakeSuperior)|
|New Parody Song - "Loot Take Boogie"|
|It's time to get down and boogie with Midas The Bard. Fresh out of the studio is the brand new song "Loot Take Boogie", based on the lyrics from ZZ Top's "Tube Snake Boogie". Head on over to Ultima Parody Songs and enjoy!|
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 2:32 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
|Jinx Goes To Hollywood|
|Looks like Jinx from The Chosen decided to get VERY creative on us and has gone and created a short clip for us all to enjoy. Let's just say that Jinx isn't all that happy about the merger of UO with AOL *grins*|
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 2:28 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
|Yew frontier party|
|Reminder - - Yew Town Council is hosting a celebration in the New Frontier |
Join the Yew Town Council in celebrating the open ranges of Trammel on Saturday, May 13th at 7:00 CST.
We are having a BBQ outside the abbey in Trammel. We've got grub and some suds for you to enjoy and of course we have some games planned and some great prizes as well. Perhaps some Trammel rune books and some gold we found in the rich hills of Trammel.
Best dressed Cowgirl and Cowboy
So y'all, come on visit us in the wilds of Trammel and gorge yourself on the grub of the new lands.
If you have questions, please contact me at
Mythra, Mayor of Yew
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 9:07 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Battle for the Seventh Fragment|
|The time for battle had come. Word about the upcoming attack on The Sandlewood Box was spreading throughout the realms as if carried by a plague. The Bloodrock orcs and allied clans were conspiring to launch their most viscous and deadly assault making all others pale in comparison, in an attempt to capture the six remaining fragments hidden inside the tavern. They had already succeeded in laying claim to the seventh fragment with the help of Grak da Black. But this time, the defenders of The Sandlewood Box had found out about the orcs dastardly plans and were prepared. Warriors, archers, mages, healers, and other concerned citizens banded together to thwart the orcs mischievous plans. Over fifty united defenders awaited the impending attack when Hugh the Hand appeared, a flicker of madness in his eyes. He spoke with the proprietors of the tavern, informing them that he just scouted the Bloodrock fort, hoping to assess the size of their army for their immanent attack. But, instead of finding the orcs preparing for war, they were having a festival to Krenbluk (orcish god). It was also reported that Grak da Black was there as well, chortling about their previous victory over the humans at Sandlewood. |
Seizing this as a golden opportunity to launch a quick-strike attack on the unprepared orcs, Ryak gathered the defenders and informed them of this most unexpected news. Plans were quickly laid out... the Bloodrock fort was to be attacked immediately and Grak da Black must fall by means of magic or metal. The seventh fragment must be recovered at all costs. Mages began chanting their words of power and shimmering blue moongates were opened as a result. Brave warriors, men and women, young and old, eagerly stepped through the gates with the battle cry of "For the Gold One!".
The ensuing battle was not a sight for the squeamish of stomach. The clash of steel on steel, the air filled with the residue of magic, as orcs and humans clashed in an epic that will be re-told for generations to come. The orcs, caught unprepared, were slaughtered mercilessly till they regrouped and counterattacked, bringing many a brave warrior to their knees. The rally cry of "Recover the fragment" sounded throughout the night as the attackers once again gained the upper hand, flooding the fort with sheer numbers laying waste to the orcs inside. The black orc, Grak da Black, was outnumbered beyond hope. The precision slice of a warrior's sword cleaved his head from his shoulders as fell to the blood stained ground. Cheers of triumph and victory rose amongst the now dormant battlefield. A battered man named Draco went down on one knee, placed his broadsword on the ground and tore free the seventh fragment from the cold lifeless hand of Grak da Black.
Cheers of triumph and victory rose amongst the now dormant battlefield, the orcs had been defeated and the fragment recovered!
The defenders of the tome gated back to The Sandlewood Box leaving the stench of death behind, save those who remained to heal the wounded or provide the proper burial for the brave souls who fell to the Bloodrock and allied orc clans. Back at the tavern, whispers turned into panicked shouts as everyone inquired as to the whereabouts of the fragment, a concerned look on many faces. Finally, a humble man named Draco stepped forth with his head bowed and presented unto Ryak the seventh piece of the Gold One's Tome of Virtue, asking not for reward but merely stating "For the Gold One". A short celebration followed before everyone made their way to the town of Dragons Bay to return the fragment to its' rightful home. Red William of Dragons Bay graciously accepted the return of this long sought after fragment, the virtue of Valor, and heartedly proclaimed his thanks to all who helped recover it. As the evening wore on, conversation amongst the crowd slowly moved away from the victory that was tonight, to the future which lay ahead and the selection of the famed Dragon Knights.....
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 9:02 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|This was just added to FYI: |
We will be releasing a client patch in within the next 30 minutes that will activate the features currently in testing.
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 8:34 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|Song of the Dead|
|We received the following:|
Song of the Dead:Thanks Ulin!
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 8:09 AM EDT by Ima Supa (Catskills)|
|Tales of Trammel|
|We received the following parchment, speaking of one's tale of coming to Trammel:|
Hail to thee,
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 8:06 AM EDT by Ima Supa (Catskills)|
|T2A Travel Change|
|This was added to Testing for the Next Update |
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 5:14 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|PK-Ware from Brimstone!|
|I just received this letter from Brimstone from Lost Order of Akalabeth, the creater of some really cool T-shirts!|
Well, the Europa community asked for it... So I bumped them up to the top of the list and here it is: The EUROPA "PK" shirt. It says, "I killed 453 people on EUROPA and all I got was this stinkin' shirt!".
Thanks for the update! Nice shirts! *Runs off to get a mousepad*
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 4:14 AM EDT by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|UO.com Message Boards Are Up|
|The following was just posted to What's New on the Ultima Online website: |
UO.com Message Boards Open
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 2:56 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Service-wide downtime update|
|This was just added to FYI: |
Service-Wide Downtime Update We are currently on schedule to take down and restart all Ultima Online shards starting at approximately 4:00PM Central Time today, May 11th. We expect all of the shards to be available again approximately two hours after they go down.
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 2:26 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|MyUO Issues Resolved|
|This was just added to Common Issues |
MyUO Issues Resolved
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 2:25 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Greetings from a New Reporter|
|Good day, I am Akasha Jak'arri. From my home on the Catskills shard, I heard news of a search for Quest and Event Reporters, and I rushed to assist. I look forward to keeping everyone informed of the happenings throughout our fair Britannia. Ye may wonder how I came to be a reporter here, so I shall tell ye a little about myself. |
I was born near Skara Brae, a small homestead with just me and my father, a humble woodcutter. I helped my father all throughout my youth, though I would spend most of my time talking rather than working. It was good for business as I got older, he would bring in the wood and I would sell it. I met people from all walks of life and could not imagine anything better than that.
One day Father returned from town with a sorrow filled face. He told me news of how there was a group of people searching for those who could go around and speak to many others throughout the realm, and share this news with those who were unable for whatever reason to go themselves. He said that these reporters would have the opportunity to travel the realm and meet new people. I was growing more and more excited by the minute, and he, being the kind father, simply smiled.
"Go," he demanded. "It is what ye were meant to do. I can nay get ye to stay here a minute without ye running off and making a new friend. This way ye will get to leave Skara and see the world." He smiled slowly as he pulled out a pack from the chest near his bed. We filled it with all I would need, left our small home, and walked in silence towards town.
Since that evening I heard many tales of wonder and heroics, and I hope to one day share them with ye. If ye see me in Britannia, feel free to stop and talk with me. Keep reading here for more from me and my fellow reporters here at UOSS Quest and Event News.
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 2:10 AM EDT by Akasha Jak'arri (QuestandEventNews)|
|Jhelom needs your help!|
|'ello yet again friends,|
It seems that the cities of the realm are goin a bit nuts these days, 'ere is yet another plea fer officials.
G'luck in yer search fer the right blokes Wildboy, and g'luck to all of ye that apply.
Yers in ale and tale,
|Posted on Friday, May 12, 2000, 1:18 AM EDT by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|More Gargoyles Roam Clown Town|
|I received this letter Lady Valkyria of Clown Town: |
Thank you for passing this on to us Valkyria, I also hope that the situation may be eased.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 7:44 PM EDT by Bruce Wolfsbane (Europa)|
|Deciphered orc text lead to discovery|
|We have recieved the following: |
*puts pen to scroll *Thanks!
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 5:18 PM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|The Child of Our Future|
|This was submitted by Lexia Hakkendyn.|
A child has come to us in search of a family, in search of protection and in search of guidance. Her name is Eve. A child of destiny wandered lost through a land unknown to her after watching her mother be brutally murdered by an evil sorceress. Who later turned her evil intentions upon the child by conjuring a deamon from the bowels of hell to hunt her.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 5:03 PM EDT by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|PaxLair Law Signing Ceremony Announced.|
|We received this from Mayor Winfield. Sorry about the late posting.......|
May 9 [PaxLair, Felucca, Chesapeake] Mayor Winfield of PaxLair will sign new laws for PaxLair at the start of the weekly PaxLair City Meeting. This will occur at 8PM Eastern Daylight Time at the North Tower in PaxLair on Wednesday, May 10th. These laws will affect citizens and visitors alike.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 4:57 PM EDT by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|State of the shrines; cleansing efforts continue|
|More news from Pirates of the Codex's Sara Gules:|
Sara's sketches of the shrines may be viewed here. Thanks, Sara!
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 12:52 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Citizens examine war room; contemplate a rebellion|
|Sara Gules was kind enough to proffer this information for publication:|
Marcus ventures to the War Room; people grew restless to act against Minax
Sara also sent these documents for your inspection:
Thank you, Lady Sara, for this enlightening news.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 11:54 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Hero's Journal Update|
|Hero's Journey Stratics is proud to present the latest issues of the Hero's Journal. This landmark issue establishes the journal as a weekly spotlight on Stratics topics ranging from game design to role playing, fiction, art, and poetry. This newest installment includes: |
Oh, and one more thing... the deadline for the Hero's History contest is almost upon us - prizes include a free character portrait and a MadCatz Panther XL joystick - (s)he who hesitates is lost. So check out the latest issue of the Hero's Journal, you'll be glad you did.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 10:16 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|UO.com Message Boards Delay|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
UO.com Message Boards Delay
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 10:12 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 10:10 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|UO House of Commons Chat this Thursday|
|A reschedule of previous week's UO HoC Chat: The next UO House of Commons Open House chat between the players and creators of UO is scheduled for this Thursday May 11th, at 7 PM CT (5 PM PT, 8 PM ET). |
The chat will be available to you at #uohoc on Stratics IRC, on the following networked servers:
Like we did with previous chats we have set up a webpage where players can post questions in advance. Others can vote on these questions and we'll soon see which questions are most popular. During the chat we may then try to have some of these answered. Just keep in mind that only a small amount of questions will be taken from the website. Also the list will be wiped once the chat is over to make room for fresh questions for the next chat. If you want to post a question or just vote on one, please have a look at http://uodr.strat ics.com/cgi-bin/uohoc/hoc_post.cgi for the current list.
If you are new to IRC, please visit Stratics IRC for an online tutorial and instructions for connecting to our IRC server. If you wish to use your browser to join the conference you can use our Java IRC client.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 6:48 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|The War Zone|
|I was sent the following information by "a chicken" about an area of Felucca referred to as "The War Zone" |
This looked intriguing, so I dressed up in my "healer browns", bought a horse and headed off to the crossroads of Britannia. Upon arriving at the crossroads, I moved off into the thicket in order to place a Felucca Moonstone on ground.
Stepping through the Moongate, I was first greeted by the sight of many corpses on the ground. People where running everywhere. It did not seem to matter what color you were. Blues were attacking reds and reds were attacking blues, this was exactly what I expected, but I did not expect to see them attacking each other. No one was safe.
Upon gaining admittance to one of the reds homes, I asked him why he participated in this madness. He claimed it was exciting and he did this daily. As I was standing there talking, people would come to the door and attack those inside the house. Some of those in the house would rush out and attack those outside. There were always people running around, and way to many ghosts to even try to count.
This particular red had formed a guild which has about 20 members right now. In order to become a member, one must PK and be willing to help provide materials and items for the guild house.
After leaving the reds home, I spoke with some blues about why they did this. The blue I spoke with said he enjoyed the action and excitement. While speaking, I noticed none of the blues where in a guild, when I asked why, he said it was because of how often the Test Shard renewed itself.
About this time, someone cast Energy Vortex right next to me. It was not long before my words where oOooOOoo. The blue I was speaking with healed me, but not in time to save my horse. He then asked me to hurry up in gathering my things as more and more people were arriving.
I decided it was about time to leave as the War Zone was starting to become very hot. I bid everyone farewell, and as I left I saw the blue and the red, both of whom I had spoken with, engage in a fierce battle. I did not stay to see who would win. They had both said earlier that it didn't matter who won. Sometimes the blues won, sometimes the reds won. It was all about having fun.
While speaking with them, I had asked both of them some of the same questions. One of which was if they had main characters on other shards, both did and both have also been playing UO for a long time.
If your looking for some fast paced action and you don't know where to go, I suggest you head over to the crossroads near Britain in Felucca. You will not be disappointed.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 6:35 AM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|Friday Night Fights - with a new twist!|
Craggan's Friday Night Event at Grimoire Arena
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 3:30 AM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Grand Theft on the Not so High Seas|
|Many players , if you where to ask them "How would you define a thief? ", would probably point out the in-game criminal attributes involving the colour flagging scheme. They might also point out the bad reputation that goes along side your average thief as well as there typical appearance and statistics. |
Your typical boat thief however , conforms to none of the above rules.
The moral of this story goes out to all ship owners/users , be weary when securing your boat.
All that is required to steal a boat is the ship key .Once obtained the thief can cast "Recall" upon the key and will be transported directly to the position of your boat. Then all that is required is for the thief to do is "dry dock" the boat after which he will be presented with a new set of keys.And thats that , you no longer own your boat!.A rather amusing situation which "bob" told me of involved a ship that he once found unlocked with the ship key stored in the hold , given such circumstances the owner may as well have given his boat away!.
My thanks go out to "Bob" for his help on this report.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 2:12 AM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|The Dark City Seeks a Mayor|
|'ello thar all, |
It seems the vil ones are gettin a bit more organized, a little bird passed this on to me, figured some of ye may be interested.
Caina, the First City of Evil in Sosaria, is holding elections for its very own Mayor over the next two weeks. The city of Caina can be found on the northern tip of Dagger (Ice) Isle and its web tome can be found here. In addition to a few of the highlighted duties below, the Mayor will generally be in charge of making Caina a more vile place to exist for those creatures of darkness and mortals with evil and anti-virtue in their hearts.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 1:41 AM EDT by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|Second Horseracing Season Starting on Sunday !|
|We received this announcement from Scritus : |
Hi all !Thanks Scritus ! I see another thrilling season ahead of us.
|Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2000, 12:56 AM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Death Takes a Holiday|
|Remember the beginning of that Hugh Grant movie, Four Weddings and A Funeral? When he's late and every word out of his mouth for about five minutes was F***? Well, that was me this weekend. |
Love was in the air around Grimoire on Saturday. I had been fortunate enough to snag an invitation for the wedding of Fear and Kelly Kindred. Never realizing evil players had time for lovey dovey stuff, I remembered the Samantha Fox song: Naughty Girls Need Love Too and realized love is just as important as cheetos, or breathing. Perhaps if more PKs got some lovin' they'd have better things to do than whack other players in Shame.
Anyway, I was late for the very important date. Arriving at the Blackcomb tower I hoping to find a rune to the Isle of Fire. It was there before, sitting out in the open, but now was gone. I called a comrade and they were able to gate me over. Only problem was I didn't have any boots. Earlier that day I had been roughed up by a pack of mean orcs who stole my shoes. I guess they would have taken my lunch money too if I had any.
Normally, I'm a good citizen, but since I was going to Grimoire I got in the spirit of things by stealing some sandals. I planned to replace them later, I swear!
Running up the stairs to the Tower of Immortality I arrived just as the main ceremony was finishing up. Apologizing, I grabbed a seat in the back. Seer Aria, in her final appearance, served as the priest. When she made the union official the modest crowd toasted the couple. I briefly noticed that instead of a red carpet the bride had walked over scattered skeleton bones. Nice touch.
Any resemblance to an orderly, peaceful ceremony ended when Craggan threw an explosion my way. He said he loved me and knowing him these low-key assaults were just love taps. More fights broke out as the boys and girls in red pounded each other silly. Who said murderers didn't know how to have fun?
In the midst of it all, standing calmly with his bride, Fear thanked his well wishers. I over heard him mention something about stepping down as mayor and immediately hurried over to find out what he meant. It seemed that with the introduction of Renaissance he was making some adjustments in his life. For the better. Something about taking up macramé in his old age. ;)
I asked him what this meant for the dark side of Napa. Most everyone seemed as shocked as I was over this declaration. He assured everyone Grimmy would continue. The transition between mayorship would go as smoothly as possible.
So Fear and Kelly...where ever you go I wish you the best! I know Grimoire will miss you both, but like a famous writer once said: ...if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
Wedding Vows Spoken By Lady Aria.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 3:54 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|Introducing UO.com Message Boards|
|The following was just posted to What's New on the Ultima Online website: |
Introducing UO.com Message Boards
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 3:54 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Best of the Best Tournament|
|This notice was posted on The Imperium messageboard by Ishamael:|
Good luck to all the participants and thanks to Ishamael for organizing this event.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 3:26 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|UO & Sushi in NJ|
The Place: Wok 'n Sushi in Franklin, NJ
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 2:18 PM EDT by Beastmaster Josh (CommunityNews)|
|Announcing Caina Cock Fights|
|'ello thar all, |
This bit of news jest in..
Thankee mate fer the information and good luck wit the fights!
Yers in ale and tale,
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 1:02 PM EDT by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|Grand Opening of The Moonglow Tavern|
|We have recieved the following: |
Here ye! Here ye!Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 1:00 PM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Anarchists disrupt Council of Honesty meeting|
|Councilmember Buzz Aldridge submitted this harrowing account of a recent CoH meeting:|
As of this writing, A Brick Wall remains at large. Our thanks to Councilman Aldridge for bringing us this news.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 12:36 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Blood on the throne, castle stormed by undead|
|Following the two nights' relentless assaults on the realm, an eerie discovery was made in the heart of Britain. The throne room walls of Lord British's castle were covered with crimson splatters and pools of blood drenched the throne and it's rostrum. Zombies, liches and skeletal knights patrolled the halls of the king's home, immediately attacking anyone who dared enter the building.|
Sara Gules sent us this news the next day:
Thanks to Sara, once again, for her tireless efforts in helping bring the news from around the realm to its citizens.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 12:26 PM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Siege under Siege: Part Two|
|Kichera had hefted me up onto a low branch as soon as Keeonean appeared. Our little group scattered, dodging behind rocks or whatever was available to give them even the least bit of protection until they could formulate a battle plan. Another tree was blocking my view so I edged along the bough, peering through the leafy branches to find the best vantage point. Already, the air was filled with smoke and the crackling of Chain Lightning storms from the mages around the Abbey commons. If the limb gave me a warning, I didn't hear it. One loud snap and I was dazed, my behind smarting from the fall. Lucky for me Kichera was no taller and could not plant me any higher in the tree, lest I would have come down and broken my neck in the fall.|
I scrambled to my feet, gathering my sketching charcoals which had tumbled out of my pack when I fell. I dared not look up, hearing the moans of the undead Keeonean had unleashed, knowing from the hideous cackling of the lich lords that they were dangerously close to me. I threw my belongings into my satchel and raised my head, checking the path between my precarious position and the Abbey where I hoped to find refuge. Looming between me and the stone structure was the largest beast I had ever seen. Coal black, eyes glowing red, it opened its mouth and bellowed at me. Completely paralyzed by panic, I froze, unable to do anything but watch its leathery wings fan out behind it as it moved closer still on its massive cloven hoofs. I felt my eyes rolling back into my head, and my the voice in my head which had been shouting at me "RUN! MOVE! GO!" grew eerily quiet. Sleep washed over me in an instant, followed by a bright flash of pain, then peace.
Suddenly, I was standing and everything was gray. I looked to the ground and saw myself lying there, splayed out and lifeless. A lich plodded over and rifled though my bag, helping himself to the only piece of jewelry I owned, a small gold bracelet. I grumbled at him in my ghostly tongue and he jeered back at me, smiling a detestable grin as he slid the bracelet onto his own rotted wrist and modeled it to antagonize me.
Hasbro ran past my remains, wincing as he saw my rumpled body. "I'll try to get backup!" he shouted to his comrades hidden in the hedges. He was following the great black beast which had done me in and was now being taunted by Alexander Lebaun.
Bards are a different lot than most people. Alex is certainly a confirmation of this phenomenon. An excitable sort, he is quick-witted and sharp-tongued and his verbal taunts are as renowned as his musical abilities. He was dancing around the black beast, picking out an abstract little tune that seemed to agitate it but also held it at bay. "You ain't sh- but a punk, big boy!" he heckled. Others approached, drawing their blades. Alexander chased them off. "DON'T TOUCH LORD. I GOT HIM." He continued to play, attempting to provoke the beast to attack a nearby orc lord. The two evildoers regarded each other and began to snarl warnings between them.
I saw Kichera bend over my corpse. From his belt pouch, he pulled bandages and salve, tending my wounds and reciting the incantation that would reunite my spirit with my broken body. I could feel myself being pulled from the Netherrealm, through darkness and light, then opened my eyes to see Kichera's warm smile. He recited more words of power, strengthening my body, then helped me to my feet.
Lebaun was still working on the beast, which I knew now was called The Lord of the Abyss. Other warriors were running up to take swings at it, mages lobbed fiery balls of energy at it, and Alexander was determined to fell the foul beast himself.
"Don't touch lord!!!" he bellowed, never missing a beat between yelling and playing his haunting tune. "I AM PROVOKING HIM! LET A BARD WORK, PEOPLE!"
Warsaw tossed a few Flamestrikes at the balron, keeping a safe distance and eyeing it disdainfully. Finally, it fell and Alexander leaped up onto it's chest and danced a merry jig. "Told ya I wanted one!" he laughed.
"He wasn't sh- but a punk."
Shawn Mckagen smiled up at Lebaun. "Now, I want Keeonean. I want his blood and I want his soul and I want them both right now."
By creating a diversion with the Lord of the Abyss appearing, Keeonean had managed to implement his troops and flee the battlefield, or so we thought. The sudden manifestation of a rotting corpse let us know he was still lurking, tiptoeing around us, the unseen maestro in a macabre orchestration of death and destruction.
Hasbro recoiled when he spotted the lime green zombie ambling our direction. "Noooooooo!"
Alexander turned to see what had enlarged Hasbro's eyes to the size of saucers and scrambled down from his trophy. 'That thing is a CORPSE!" he squealed. ACK!"
"Holy sh-....' Occy murmured as he looked around for safer ground from which to launch a spear.
Let me say that I have learned many valuable things during my brief tenure thus far as a reporter. This was one of them: 'Just because a pigeon delivers a message to you does not mean you have to read it immediately. Tuck the note away and see to it that you are not in a dangerous place before you look at it." Unfortunately, it took this experience with the rotting corpse to teach me that lesson. I was still a bit loopy from my earlier visit to the Netherrealm and wasn't thinking too clearly and was rather weak-kneed. When the note arrived, I immediately unrolled the parchment and began to read. I looked up just in time to see one slender, slimy digit reach out and touch my arm.
I read once about a man who'd been bitten by a silver serpent and miraculously survived. His description of the sensations associated with that - the tear of his flesh as the fangs sunk in, the blazing heat of the poison entering his body, the fire of it coursing through his veins - were unparalleled by the damage inflicted upon my poor person by the mere fingertip of the rotting corpse. My throat tightened, my stomach began to spasm and my skin burned as though I had been plunged headfirst into a fully-stoked forge. The last thing I was aware of before I fell was the gentle hands of Sara Gules trying to heal me.
The thing stumbled toward Alexander Lebaun as Hasbro shouted, "KILL THE ROTTEN!!! KILL THE ROTTEN!!!"
Occy let out a low whistle and mumbled, "Damn."
Lebaun the bard was leaping around, playing furiously to ward it off, hair flying madly. "Give me something to aim this at!!!"
Siegesan looked around helplessly. "There was an evil around here earlier."
Raven began to spasm uncontrollably and the healers rushed to his aid, one of them nearly getting skewered by his flailing katana. As the mages threw a variety of energy forms at it, the animated corpse kept moving, unharmed, through the crowd.
Dimn Dithlagok tried to be heard over the din. "You can't use spells on it!"
Max Mortem nodded in agreement. "It'll smoke ya in a second!"
Catching a brief flash of chestnut hair against golden armor, Hasbro shouted, "Keeonean!" but the vision was gone before he could finish the exclamation.
The warriors steeled their nerves and surrounded the harbinger of death, healers pressing in behind them to keep them strong for the fight they knew would be arduous.
"Holy, this thing is tough," Yukon growled.
Kush shouted at it as he measured another arrow to his goal, "DIE YOU SPAWN FROM HELL!!"
Valor shouted, "Help! We need more people!"
When I opened my eyes, Alexander Lebaun, George Taylor and Shawn Mckagen were gathered around. George patted my hand. "Welcome to Siege. Two deaths in ten minutes?"
I sighed. "I was reading a pigeon note. Looked up just in time to see I was dying."
George snickered behind his hand. "If you plan on continuing doing that, may I suggest you practice hiding more?"
Rather than risk irreparably embarrassing myself by dying a third time in less than an half an hour, I accompanied a group to Cove to check on the situation there. The town was overflowing with gazers of all varieties, headless ones, hell hounds and giant black widows. Despite Kaltar's heavy infantry, the defenders of Cove were bravely managing to keep the city from going under. Their names deserve to be preserved for posterity in recognition of their fortitude: Eustace, Mike, Dene Trianon, Darth, Glendor, Goo the Lowly, and Playko. To be sure, there were others about who also aided in the defense of Cove, but unfortunately my time there, in the midst of the raging battles, did not permit me to gather the names of all who should be acknowledged.
Vesper was my next stop. I passed through a portal from Cove and found myself inside the bank where a large crowd was gathered in the entrance. Trolls were attacking in all directions, both inside the bank and throughout the city. I climbed onto a chair to see what was in the center of the ring of mages and fighters and caught a glimpse of hideous green that made me shiver. Another rotting corpse.
Sir Don shook his head. "No one can kill it."
Some of the faces in the crowd I recognized: Puttz, Jack-O-Shadows, Sonja Gringkov, Laird Blain, Serpenti, and Illusion. The mere sight of that foul creature had my stomach in knots and I had to make my way out of the bank before I was unwell. I did not fear being called a coward so much as I trembled at the thought of being touched by another of those repugnant zombies.
My stomach began to settle as I left Vesper behind me. I found the moongate and stepped through, finding myself in Yew, once again. The air was still and there was no sound, not even the persistant sound of birds and mongbats which had been heard there for as long as I could remember. I walked to the Abbey, expecting to find the grounds littered with bones and blood, but all was calm and relatively clean. Too calm. Too clean. The tiny hairs on the back of my neck stood on end suddenly I was shivering from the cold, though no breeze had brought the frigid air. Sara Gules opened the heavy door and our eyes met, both knowing what the other was feeling without a word passing between us.
A shiver went up my spine so strongly that I convulsed from it. I saw Sara quaver at the same moment. Abruptly, lich lords and their minions appeared as though they had risen from the very ground.
Sara whispered, "Minax is about." It was a statement I believed without seeing anything tangible to support it. A rare circumstance in my line of work.
"Did you see her?" I asked.
"Nay, but people I trust did."
We were looking around the grounds, half yearning to catch a glimpse of the dread lady, half afraid we would get it. "No sign of her," I said, hoping my voice would not betray my relief, "only her handiwork."
Into the wee hours of the night and for another twenty-four hours, the attacks continued in the major cities. The next night, I was unable to leave Britain, trapped in the artists' guild with Jaques as Minax's toadies tried to come at us through the very walls. With some help, we managed to fend them off, but with each wave that fell, reinforcements appeared in greater numbers than the last. It was the same throughout the realm. Each time, the Britannian forces held their ground as best they could, though the guardians were growing weary and running short on supplies. Minax's determination to hold her thumb over the realm is unwavering and leaves our countrymen wondering what will become of the lands they have given their all to protect.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 11:38 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Small Moongate Change|
|The following was just posted to Latest Game Updates on the UO website: |
Gate Travel Change
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 10:54 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Reporter Profile of Narga Saiyen|
|As you may know, there are new Chesapeake Shard Reporters: Dresden, Richter, and Thanos. And some of the veterans are still around like the tyrant (joking) known as Pfredd Mudd and of course me, your lovable little elf, Narga Saiyen. There will be a background story of each reporter during the next few days which hopefully will help everyone to better know THEIR Chesapeake Shard Reporters. |
Narga Saiyen's Destiny
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 10:40 AM EDT by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|COLT responds to lag complaints|
|The petition organised by players unhappy with the service Europa receives from OSI has grown to 2419 signatures as I write this. It covers a number of issues including what the organisers say is poor GM/counsellor support, lack of seer support and quests, and poor connectivity or lag. |
It is not about the creation of a non PvP land, or changes to the combat system. You can find the petition at http://184.108.40.206/ultima/
A representative of COLT, the London company which hosts the Europa and Drachenfels servers, responded on the Stratics Europa forum. Here is his post:
Well it's great to see someone responding to these concerns. As always, you can post your views to our forum.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 10:19 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online Website: |
AOL Sosaria Renamed
In addition, the following was just posted to FYI:
AOL Legends Test
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 9:39 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Bloodrock Vow to Continue Attacks on Sandlewood Box!|
Though I detest Orcs, and it has been quite some time since I have had to deal with their likes, I have translated their document as accurately as possible:
"Silly humans. You are getting dumber every day. Grak da Black lead the orc clans right into your tavern and dug up the 7th tome right under your noses! I have not laughed that hard in a long time. The Bloodrock Orcs will have a festival to Krenbluk (Orcish God) for getting the 7th tome. When we are done doing that, then we can come back for the last 6. So just wait there humans, we are coming back to the Sandlewood Box very soon. When you see the Orcish Storm coming, you better run away."
Anyone wishing to help defend Sandlewood can reach it by recalling from a rune at Museum of Memories, Cove Merchants Guild, Krista's Ranger Station, or the North Sentry at the TUR village. The Bloodrock can be found at www.bloodrock.uoguilds.com.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 8:36 AM EDT by Luxmea Mundi (GreatLakes)|
|Results of first Battlezone tournament|
|Shaun submitted this parchment, telling of the winners in the fledgling PvP "Battlezone":|
This is the character Shaun, Protector of the Feeble, about the results of Battlezone.
Thanks, Shaun. Please continue to keep us posted as your weekly event picks up steam.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 6:10 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|K^M sponsors wyrm hunt Wednesday|
|The following invitation is extended to all Britannians:|
May the gods watch over this valiant group as they march off on this perilous journey.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 6:04 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Results of Tailoring Contest|
|George Taylor sent in the following report on the tailoring contest held last week at the Shrub Garden Inn and Tavern:|
The festivities began late. Alora arrived after the appointed hour to open the tavern and there was a large group congregated. Counselor Lady Destiny was attendance. Once the tavern was opened all but the contestants went inside. It was then discovered that the Orc, Krag did not understand the instructions (orcs have poor reading skills) and only brought 70 hides. It took JemFire a good while to come up the necessary hides, but a stream of invading lizardmen provided the necessary amount of leather. As the contest began, it was apparent that the Orc Krag was being supplied by liquor by his fellow orcs and was quite drunk at the end. He had made 2 leather caps which caused him to have less leftover leather than if he had just made the required 2 studded suits. He protested wildly, continuously and with such fervor that I believe it scared the poor JemFire and Snow. After much consultation they measured how much he had inadvertently used making the caps. First place was won by Cameo, second by Krag and third by me, George Taylor.
Thanks, and congratulations to you and the other winners, George!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 5:38 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Spiritwood Tavern Lottery!|
|I was recently handed this scroll from Fenris of Spiritwood.|
Next sunday, May 14th , the Spiritwood Tavern will host another Lottery.
This time the grand prize is 100.000 gold pieces!
You can find the Spiritwood Tavern if you follow these directions: If you start at the Skara Brae docks right outside town, go east. Take the second road to your right (south) (at a crossroads). Keep going south untill the road turns eastwards. Keep following it and you will end up in Spiritwood. From the end of the road, go a little to the northeast and you'll see two large brick houses. The eastern one is the Spiritwood Tavern. The sextant coordinates are: 65S 27W.
If there are questions, please go to the #spiritwood IRC channel on the irc.stratics.com server.
Fenris, the Spiritwood Tavern Tavernkeeper.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 3:32 AM EDT by FireFox (Europa)|
|Rediscover Britannia and Be Rewarded|
|Just posted to What's New on the Ultima Online website: |
Rediscover Britannia and Be Rewarded
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 12:34 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Looking for a Few Good Pens|
|Are your shoes worn thin from traveling from town to town? Your voice hoarse and sore from speaking with citizens across Britannia? Have a knack for putting pen to paper and writing an excellent story? Then mayhaps UOSS' Baja News Page is the place where you can not only show off your talent but help bring the community together with interesting, exciting stories and news items about the Baja Shard and her citizens. |
UOSS is currently looking for active, talented citizens of Baja to add to our crack team of top-notch Ultima Online reporters. As a volunteer you are required to:
Good luck to all applicants!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2000, 11:17 PM EDT by Ce'Nedra Willow (Baja)|
|City Ambassador Needed|
The Britain City Council seeks an organized, diplomatic individual to act as our Ambassador to Guilds. Duties will include keeping a registry of guilds in the Britain area and maintaining good relations with these guilds, organizing any treaties or alliances, reporting guild events and activities to the Council and reporting Council events and activities to the guilds.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2000, 4:15 PM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|The Final Battle|
|A CALL TO ARMS! |
Teleburiel, Grandmaster Stoic and demon hunter, requests your presence in an epic that you will be sure to tell your children about!
On the eve of Friday May 12, there is to be a fight that will set Brittania ablaze! The great warrior Turme will fight the evil daemon Kuraazg in a duel to the death!
Women and men of all creeds, professions and ranks are invited to partake in this historic event! It will take place at 8:00 pm under the central skies. (CST)
Metal, magic and muscle! That is what is needed to oppress the foul henchmen Kuraazg thinks to bring to turn the tide in his favor! Healers will be stationed in the huts South of the battlefield! So all Grand Healers are bid welcome!
The battle is to take place in the swamps many leagues South of the dungeon Destard (Roughly 117o 25'S by 12o 26'W). Runes have been marked and are available with free transportation -via- gates at The Unruled North Sentry, The Sandlewood Box, and Krista's Ranger Station.
Lets Show this Daemon we mean BUSINESS!!!!!!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2000, 1:54 PM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|EventMakers Deadline Looms|
|Hail All! |
The following announcement was pulled from the Ultima Online Community Calendar:
Grand Bishop Benedict has announced the deadline for submissions to the EventMakers' Trust fund. This fund helps player-run events see the light of day on Drachenfels. The posted deadline is June 22. The Grand Bishop lists the following guidelines for participation:
|Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2000, 9:36 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|The HRE Ball|
|We have recieved the following: |
The Holy Roman Empire guild will be holding it's first gala Satuday evening, May 13 7;00 central time in the ruins outside of Delucia in trammel. The party will have a small admission fee, 75 gps and contain rare food, marvelous bards and dancing, raffles and gambling. In order to get to the ruins go to delucia (if you don't know how to go there ask around) and then make your way to the Delucia bank. From there take the road which leads upward from the bank and out of town. You'll go under a small bridgelike structure indicating you've left town and from there the path goes to the right. This leads directly to the Ruins. We hope to see you there, it will truly be a roman style night to remember!Thanks.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2000, 7:07 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 11:13 PM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|Seventh Fragment Found!... And Lost...|
|Ryak sent us this news.. |
A few nights ago, the Bloodrock orcs stormed the tavern known as The Sandlewood Box and warned all in attendance that the establishment would continue to be raided until the seven fragments of the Gold Tome of Virtues were surrendered to them. Surely the Bloodrock were mistaken, for it is well known that only six fragments of the Tome have been recovered throughout the lands. Many defenders at Sandlewood snickered at the orcs lack of intelligence. Orcs can barely count two, let along six! But they were persistent, vehemently demanding what they sought and vowing to get it at all costs. Strangely enough, they departed without drawing steel or howling the familiar cry of "Noooograaaah!". Upon their departure, several allied clans of orcs began arriving in masses spilling the blood of many humans. Finally the attackers were vanquished leaving nothing but the stench of death and rotting corpses behind. This tale grows darker and the news I have to report is grim. Late Sunday night the orcs made good on their promise of recovering the fragments, at least partially. They arrived in force. Bloodrock clan and other allied clans were united together and led into battle by a fearsome Black Orc named Grak da Black. His eyes were filled with determination and hatred for the human race as he sliced his way through ill-equipped defenders. He began digging into the ground near the foundation of the tavern, an aura of magic surrounding him. Arrows whistled through the air, burying themselves deep into his black charcoal colored skin. Flames covered his body as mages began assaulting him with their arcane arts. He seemed oblivious to the pain, shrugging aside all attempts to bring him down. Suddenly, a cry of triumph filled the night as Grak da Black found what he had been searching for, the seventh fragment. The remaining Bloodrock orcs and other allied clans rallied quickly to his aid. The orcs had been right from the beginning. The seventh fragment was hidden within the grounds at Sandlewood all along, unbeknownst to anyone, and now it was in their possession. Battle tactics quickly changed as defenders of Sandlewood directed their efforts to bring down Grak da Black and recover the fragment of the Gold One's book. Alas, under relentless attack from dozens of valorous and brave souls, Grak da Black managed to flee into the night leaving those who witnessed his escape stunned, speechless, and heartbroken.So... who's going to get the tome now? Nobody knows...
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 10:03 PM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|Traveler's Advisory: Valendor Overrun by Monsters!|
|Hail All! |
Travelers are warned that town of Valendor is being overrun by an army of monsters. Led by the Orcs, this army includes Ettins, Harpies, Scorpions, Earth Elementals, and Lizardmen. While investigating these rumors, this reporter recalled to Ye Great Srdolch Merchant's vendor outlet and was nearly overwhelmed by a mob of monsters before he even had a chance to arm a weapon!
Scattered resistance to this invasion is evident by the monster corpses scattered about town. However, no organized force has attempts to rid Valendor of this new vermin problem. Clearly, Valendor has been left unprotected since Nystul split our world.
While an army of monsters attacking this fair town is distressing news in its own right, what has caused more concern is that these monsters seem to be more intelligent and persistent then the monsters we're used to fighting. Indeed, these monsters have learned some basic tracking skills, such as walking around houses. It's not unusual to see a lone hero fleeing for his or her life with ten to twenty assorted creatures in hot pursuit.
Major figures from Valendor were temporarily unreachable for comment. The UOSS Drachenfels News Team hopes to follow up on this report with reactions from the Valendor community.
Go with the Virtues!
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 9:39 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|Free repair night and CrS grand opening|
|We have recieved the following: |
On Monday May 8th at 7pm Pacific time, The Crusaders of Sosaria will be hosting free armour and weapons repair to all who come.Thanks!
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 6:13 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Frosty reception at Shrine of Honesty|
|Who is attacking the shrines, and why? A party of adventurers were asked to rally to their defence recently:|
It was a frosty, spring evening and I was just packing my wares into the bank ready to head off home. It had been a busy trading day and I was looking forward to a mug of ale in front of the fire.
Great story Samuel, thank you!
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 5:27 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Farewell Seer Aria|
After two years of committed service to our community, Seer Aria is saying good-bye. One of the original Seers of this shard, Aria has been a part of every major quest and blessing since the shard opened. Her works are far too numerous to mention, but can be seen all across our land and in the lives of the many she's touched through out the years. A gathering was held at 9pm PST on Friday May 5th at the Counselor's guild hall in Serpent's Hold (Felucca) to honor her. Among those in attendance were Seers, Counselors, Elders and many guild leaders, all wishing to show their gratitude for Seer Aria's friendship and dedication. The following is a letter from Aria:
To all the treasured residents of the shard called Napa:
Seer Aria also wished me to share with you the touching speech given by Hammer Head Fred and Neko of the Paws Outpost:
Sosaria is a world. The players are the inhabitants, both in a virtual and a very real sense. We "live" in Sosaria in every much a sense as we live in our own neighborhoods. We have neighbors we know and like, and ones we don't. We have friends we see daily, and those that we seldom see. We have houses, and jobs, possessions, plans, goals.... and Dreams. There are those who dwell in Sosaria for the express purpose of bringing dreams to life in its virtual sense. They go by many names and many guises. They are called Seers. One of them is called Aria. If in your time in Napa Valley, you have ever seen a strange going-on, witnessed a well-spoken personage recounting a harrowing tale, or rallied behind a crowd of players, you have been influenced by Aria's work. The purpose of a Seer is amazingly simple: make people happy. Attaining this goal is exceedingly hard. The difficulties and hurdles are many, the job exhausting, and the thanks few. She has attempted that which may have been called impossible, foolish, elitist, misguided, wasted, and silly, sometimes in the same breath. But to those who have seen the magic wielded by her, those who have enjoyed their evenings a bit more because of her, and those who can attribute their continued existence in Sosaria to her acts, would call it unselfish, giving, kind, exciting, and admirable. As with any friend, her parting is bittersweet. We take this time now to remember all those things we have done together. Those special moments that made us glad to be a part of this world, this world some would call fake, but which has undeniable life and breath and being. This world that Aria lent breath to. We have lived a virtual lifetime with you, Aria, and you will sorely be missed. Thank you for everything you have given us. We will always remember you. Let's all raise our glasses together to wish Aria all the best in wherever her travels may take her. *Raises glass in air* Cheers!I would just like to add that I am truly honored to have reported on this story. In a brief interview with Aria it became clear to me that this was not simply a volunteer saying good-bye, but a huge and tragic loss to our community as a whole. Seer Aria will be sorely missed, but her legacy and legends live on in the world around us. Farewell Seer Aria, and God bless.
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 4:54 AM EDT by Ceridwen (NapaValley)|
|Stormreaver Orc Clan: Plans Revealed?|
|As you can see by the last news item, plans are being hatched by a host of groups in relation to the new lands. Rumors abound as well, including this little tidbit I recieved a short time ago. |
Greetings, I have some news to tell thee. I have heard reports and rumors regarding the region of Yew. The word is a great migration of the ancient Stormreaver Clan is at hand. On Felucca the Orc forts are quiet save for those less intelligible orcs the Stormreaver's call "urks" and a handful of Stormreaver Orcs who have taken upon themself to remain behind till all have settled within their new home. Those remaining are now quiet and stoic awaiting in turn to leave. They have taken the name of the Bludgod as their own and aspire to join their brethren in Trammel soon.And thank thee, Auren Therion, for this news. Sources within the Stormreaver Orc Clan, in typical orc fashion, would neither confirm nor deny this rumor. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact us.
Yours in the Light,
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 2:48 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Crimson Sands of Evermoore...and the New King?|
|I recieved this missive a short time ago. I found it a fascinating read.|
In light of Lord British's leaving the devastated facet of Felucca, King Fallout took responsibility for filling the vacant throne. Fallout is one of six lords ruling the Crimson Sands of Evermoore. While there has been no official word from Lord British or Lord Blackthorne on the change in leadership, it is belived that they would have chosen him to lead the resistance against Minax and the new threat posed by the Shadow Lords.
Very curious indeed. This does bring up an interesting question however. With the advent of the newlands, what will you or your organization intend to do now? Send your thoughtful comments to [email protected] and share with the world your plans. Deadline for submissions will be Friday, May 14th. Who knows, we may just have more than one King of Sosoria to contend with. Yours in the Light,
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 2:30 AM EDT by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|UOD has moved|
|Balberith, webmaster of UOD (Ultima Online Deutschland) - one of the oldest and biggest german Ultima Online Fansites - has notified us, that they have re-designed the website and moved to a new webserver. |
The new URL is: http://www.gamescenter.de/uod/
Please update your bookmarks.
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 1:49 AM EDT by Casanova (CommunityNews)|
|Healers of Britannia|
*laughs* Well personally I would get lost, but good luck to those of you who wish to attend! Perhaps rune or gates could be made?
|Posted on Monday, May 8, 2000, 12:29 AM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|Changes to Stratics Forums|
|Today we've made some changes to our Forums that may not seem obvious at first, hence an explanation here. |
First of all you need to be aware that all Forums are now reachable on new URLs. If you have any Forums bookmarked directly then I suggest you bookmark the new Forums by going to them from the UO Stratics menu on the left. The old URLs are still functioning for now, but will be removed soon.
Second, you will notice that the "Thread views" counter has been removed from the Forums. The increase in speed because of that is quite large and as such we decided to do away with it. We think our readers prefer a fast and responsive Forum over the added feature of seeing how many times a particular post has been viewed.
|Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2000, 10:58 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Poor service for the Europa shard?|
|Are you happy with the service you are receiving from the Europa shard? We have received word of a petition organised by Europa players, which partly began life on the Stratics Europa forum:|
Many players have complained of poor connection rates and high pings resulting in unplayable gaming conditions. Some believe this has become worse following the UO:R patches.
Many thanks Harrison for telling us about this!
|Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2000, 9:45 PM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|Have Your Event on the Test Center Shard!|
|Ever wanted to host an event but your character didn't have the necessary skills or maybe you didn't have the funds to put the event on? Well, now you can. Not only can you have the skills you want for the event, you can also have the gold to do it with! |
"But that isn't any fun, there are no prizes. Anything I win, anyone can get...and it doesn't last!"
Well, you'll have the opportunity to be interviewed and have the interview posted along with all the information about the event before the event actually happens. (This will need to be done at least 4 days before the event)
After the event, I will do another brief interview with you (the host) and also an interview with the winner. After all the dust settles, you will be able to actually read about (maybe even see) yourself on the Stratics web site!
Doesn't sound like much of a prize? Ahhh, I tell you this, recognition can be one of the greatest rewards anyone can ever win!
If you plan on hosting an event, e-mail me with the following information:
Type of event
Event start and end time
Below is a sample event:
Purple Potion Tag
What is it?
The idea is that players attempt to eliminate other players with the use of purple potions (no weapons or magic allowed).
As a part of the Tag group, players will toss purple potions at the other players while trying to out-maneuver purple potions tossed at them. In this game, timing will be critical to your success.
There should be at least four players who just observer to be sure no one cheats.
This event is "to the death."
There is no time limit on the event.
This event is held at the Jhelom Dueling Pit
No armor allowed.
No magic healing, healing potions or bandages allowed.
No weapons, magic, or animals allowed.
No food allowed.
No assistance from any other players while playing "tag".
No hiding allowed.
Only purple potions are allowed, I recommend greater explosion.
Once you die, you lose. You may go get rezzed but you can no longer participate in the current Tag session.
Players are encouraged to help other players in providing greater explosions for everyone to use.
Your goal: to be last player left alive. If more than one session of Tag is held, the winners of each session will have to play a final session to determine the ultimate winner.
This is a very fast paced and fun game!
|Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2000, 9:27 PM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|ORK's of Kor and VKR Clash Again!!|
|Another Clash between the orks and VKR: |
Twas another Overcast and grey day on Felucca The Knights were lined up at dusk, all were prepared for a coming War, Blades were honed to a razor sharpness, Armour was polished and gleaming. Shuffling feet restlessly they awaited the Guild Masters command to move out.
|Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2000, 7:55 PM EDT by Multani (Oceania)|
|Endings - A Farewell to Tarina Faa|
|This was a touching story I thought everyone on Napa would want to read. There has been much change lately in our fair land. This is just another example. With each new birth I watch my old friends pass on. |
As I wandered through Britain I could not help but look around in amazement at what had become of our fair city. A city that had been so very vibrant and colorful just a few scant days before now lay darkened and the glorious trees where now bereft of their leaves. Shaking my head at such wastefulness due to the battle between "good and evil" I headed toward Tarina Faa's house on the outskirts of northeast Britain. The outside of the house looked as it always has, perhaps because of the good aura that surrounded her and her house, the flowers still bloomed in spite of the decay to be seen just beyond her doorstep.
|Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2000, 5:04 PM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
Sounds like fun for all. Be careful, dungeons are dangerous, and happy hunting to all!
|Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2000, 5:48 AM EDT by Zandra (Pacific)|
|A Gypsy Folktale for your consideration|
|While peering into my crystal, deep in meditation, I remembered a story told to me as a youth by the tribal wise woman. I wish to share it with all of you. Do with it what you will: |
One night a group of nomads were preparing to retire for the evening, when suddenly, they were surrounded by a great light. They knew they were in the presence of a celestial being. With great anticipation, they awaited a heavenly message of great importance that they knew must be especially for them. Finally, the voice spoke, "Gather as many pebbles as you can. Put them in your saddlebags. Travel a day's journey and tomorrow night will find you glad and it will find you sad." After the being departed, the nomads shared their disappointment and anger with each other. They had expected the revelation of a great universal truth that would enable them to create wealth, health and purpose for the world. But instead they were given a menial task that made no sense to them at all. However, the memory of the brilliance of their visitor caused each one to pick up a few pebbles and deposit them in their saddlebags, all the while voicing their displeasure. They traveled a day's journey and that night while making camp, they reached into their saddlebags and discovered every pebble they had gathered had become a diamond. They were glad they had diamonds. They were sad they had not gathered more pebbles.
May Fate smile upon thee!
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 9:29 PM EDT by Luxmea Mundi (GreatLakes)|
|ALBE Has Moved and More!|
|Azazel sent us the following: |
A Little Bit of Everything has moved to http://www.albecomics.com/!
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 8:29 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CandidCoverage)|
|Brittanian Graffitti Comics|
|Eddie sent us the following information: |
Hi, its me, eddie, the maker of Brittanian Graffitti Comics.
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 8:26 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CandidCoverage)|
|More on Last Week's Poll|
|After much hate mail, and a few well thought out comments, I have decided that I was wrong to include the comment about the IRC campaign to vote against UO:R. While I originally thought of it as an effort to "stuff the ballot box", I now realize that it was simply "democracy in action", as one reader put it. |
What really bothers me is the implications that I said it because the results were "anti-OSI", and that if the pro-UO:R group had done the same thing, and won, that I would not have done the same thing. This couldn't be farther from the truth. UOSS is NOT OSI. We are simply a fan site. We have nothing to gain or loose by attempting to discredit the poll results. If that were the case, we could simply doctor the poll results to say whatever we wanted them to say, and I dont know ANY site that would do such a thing.
The problem with polls is while they only indicate how people feel on a subject, they dont tell you WHY they feel that way. So, since most of you indicated you dont like UO:R, I am going to ask you why.
Please send an e-mail, indicating the top reason you dont like UO:R, to [email protected]. Please only send ONE reason, and have it formatted into one sentence. An example would be: The trees look awful without leaves. E-mails with long dissertations or multiple entries will be ignored. Also, please do not flood my e-mail with multiple submissions of the same idea. I will then pick ones to be used in next week's poll.
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 8:19 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|***IMANEWBIE does BRITANNIA*** New 'Toons!|
|This just in from Tyron: |
This week heralds the momentous moment when ImaNewbie will meet his creator, Tryon, face-to-face in UO. I also added another Diablo comic from the archives, a new midi, and some new polls, so head on over to my site and check it out.
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 4:35 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CandidCoverage)|
|In our last poll, we asked wether or not you liked the UO:R changes. 55% responded that they didnt like, or were dissapointed with UO:R.|
This time, we are going to ask you what feature of UO:R you like the most, other than new land for houses.
So, stop on by our Periodic Poll and let us know.
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 3:48 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|Bloodrock Letter Found and Translated!|
|This letter was sent to me by Grool of the Urk: |
Wen uu uhmans gunna lern?
We hab grown sik ub uu uhman kraltches. Da Bludchok'rz an allied uruk klans nub guin tu stub attackin da Sandlewood Box until dem gib us ull sef tomez! Nub any uhmans neeb kno w'ruum we wunt dem! Ryak say heem nub hab sef, heem playd dum... but we kno heem du. Uu eeder gib up da tomez, ur da Bludchok'rz guin tu clomp ull da uhmans at Sandlewood, take da tomez, und r'hir'a erd'a da taburn.
Grool ub da Bludchok'rz
After receiving this letter, I sat down to decipher the orc language and this is my translation:
Anyone wishing to help defend Sandlewood could reach it by recalling from a rune at Museum of Memories, Cove Merchants Guild, Krista's Ranger Station, or the North Sentry at the TUR village. The Bloodrock can be found at http://www.bloodrock.uoguilds.com.
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 2:32 PM EDT by Endren Fenixfyre (GreatLakes)|
|Britain City Council Meeting|
Hail, citizens of Britainnia! The Britain City Council will be meeting Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (EST). Join us at the guild hall in East Britain, just south of the bank (between Incantations & Enchantments and A Girl's Best Friend). We will be meeting in the Trammel facet. Come by and get to know us, voice your concerns, or offer suggestions. We hope to see you there!
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 12:04 PM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|New Test Center Shard Reporter|
|Hail and well met friends and foes! My name is Dracos Moira and I am your new shard reporter for the UO Test Center Shard. |
I will start our relationship with an introduction to myself and then an introduction to the Test Center as it currently is.
As stated, my name is Dracos Moira, but you can refer to me as Dracos or even just Drac. I was introduced to UO in the June of '99. Since then I have been hooked and have devoted much of my time to this fantastic game. I love adventure, quests, stories, events, and just plain meeting new people in general. I am hoping our relationship will be a long lasting, meaningful one.
As a reporter for the Test Center, I feel I am here for you, to write about your concerns, your adventures, your discoveries, your events, your guilds, and whatever else you, the player, feels is important. Feel free to drop me a line anytime.
Now, about the Test Center. The Test Center Shard is unique in the fact that players have the ability to change and manipulate their skills and stats whenever they want. A player can be a pure warrior one day and change that character into a pure mage the next day. This is a great place to experiment and just have fun without any real threat of losing precious time spent in gaining those hard to earn skill points.
Basic Test Center Information
To change your skill's and stats, just say "Help" and a list of commands to change these things will pop-up on the screen. This list disappears very fast so you might want to have your journal open to make it a lot easier to work with. I have also made a list of the commands here which you may want to print up for easy reference instead of saying "help" all the time.
Upon entering the test Shard, your new character will be given many different things. This will give you the ability to try the different skills without having to spend a lot of time acquiring the necessary items needed to use or experiment with the skills you want to try. I have also included a list of items which your character is given. Use this for reference if you are unsure if you will be able to practice or experiment with any of the skills.
To set your stats, say 'set (str|dex|int) ###'. The ### must be between 10 and 100 and you can not exceed a total of 225 stat points.
To set your skills, say 'set (skill name) ###'. The ### ranges between 0 and 1000. You will not be able to exceed 700.0 total skill points.
The key words to use for (skill name) are as follows. . .
Gold that is placed in your bank box:
Tools that are placed in your bank box:
Items that are placed in your bank box:
You are given everything you need to experiment or practice any of the skills within UO.
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 10:05 AM EDT by Dracos Moira (TestCenter)|
|The following was just moved from In Concept to In Development: |
Unused Character Cleanup
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 8:17 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Long Term Player Rewards|
|The following was just added to 'In Concept' on the Ultima Online website: |
The Ultima Online Customer Rewards Program
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 8:06 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Museum of Memories events|
|Hail Friends! |
The Museum of Memories is excited to announce an evening of competition you will never forget! Yes, at long last.... the next Sosaria's Survival of the Fittest is about to take place! Do you think you are the best of the best? Do you think you have what it takes to defeat Sosaria's most skilled warriors and claim the title of Sosaria's Best Two-Person Team? Then dig into that bank box and pull out your best weapons and armor... ready your most powerful spells... grab your favorite partner...and prepare for the fight of your life! This will be a no holds barred, anything goes battle to the death. And be warned.... winners will be allowed to loot the bodies of their fallen opponents, so think hard about what you are willing to risk in pursuit of ultimate glory! Only 16 teams will be allowed to enter, so don't wait too long to sign up!
For those of you with more peaceful dispositions, the evening promises to be one of dazzling magical fireworks, fierce weapon displays and amazing tactical maneuvering you will not want to miss! Seating will be provided for those of you wishing to observe the battle, and the Museum will be raffling of various prizes to the audience as the evening progresses.
Details of the evening are listed below:
WHEN: May 13, 2000 at beginning 8 p.m. EST
SIGNING UP: Contact Kaelyn via email at [email protected] or from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST at the Museum prior to the battle
RAFFLE: Various prizes will be raffled off during the battle. These prizes will include gold, powerful weapons, and GM armor to name a few! To enter the raffle, bring a book with your name entered upon its pages and give it to a Museum staff member the night of the fights.
My personal thanks go out to Fredolf of the guild Disciples of Mondain who worked with me to plan this night of fun as my competetive fighting skills are a bit lacking. Or should I say non-existent *smile* Thanks Fred!
Whether you're a competitor or just come along to enjoy the show, we look forward to seeing you there!
Kaelyn, Museum Administrator
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 7:14 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Just a Clarification|
|One of my favorite things to hear when I'm going out into the realm and wandering around, looking for a story is, "Are you really a Stratics reporter?" And as I always tell them, look at my guild title. Yes I know anyone can put "UOSS Shard Reporter" as their title BUT if the initials are UOS, it's a genuine UOSS Shard Reporter. So for all of you out there that have said I'm impersonating Narga Saiyen, *grins*, it's really me.|
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 6:57 AM EDT by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|Housing Delayed on Trammel|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
House Placement Information
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 6:56 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|News From Trammel|
Hail and met travellers,Thankye kindly, Marcher, for this news.
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 6:02 AM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Comments from the Team - LadyMOI|
|The following was just posted to the Comments from the Team on the Ultima Online Website: |
Comments from the Team - Producer
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 1:55 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Yet Another New Pen|
Seeing as my fellow reporters are introducing themselves, I shall join them in my greetings. I am FireFox, I'm sure some of you have seen me roaming the land in search of adventure, feel free to stop me and talk about anything. (Unless I am running from something very big and horrid, in which case I would be grateful if you were to draw your sword and despatch my unwanted pursuers.)
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 1:52 AM EDT by FireFox (Europa)|
|Announcing the IFC's Festival of Virtues!|
This just in from Earnst...
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 1:07 AM EDT by Dark One (Pacific)|
|UO becomes part of The Bor....I mean AOL|
|The following was just posted to What's New on the UO website: |
Introducing AOL Sosaria
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 12:57 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|If you tried reaching OSI yesterday|
|If you tried reaching OSI yesterday, you may have had trouble doing so. This just in from Cynthe: |
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 12:55 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Ever Dreamed Of Dressing Up In Real Valorite Armor ?|
Today I came across a LARP shop (LARP stands for "Live Action
Role Playing"), where customers can purchase everything ranging
from replicas of medieval armor and weapons to accessoires and
Every product comes with a picture, so even if you don't plan on
buying anything - it's nice to just browse through the pictures and
to see how things really looked like in the medieval.
But what really caught my attention on that site, was the
following announcement there:
"Coming Soon- Ultima Online! Fully licensed weaponry and products
from the world's largest, most award winning online medieval game."
Faithful readers of UO Stratics won't have to worry about checking
the site over and over again, as we will get in touch with Museum
Replicas Limited and notify you immediately, once the Ultima Online
products are available.
To visit the shop, just follow the link below:
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 12:34 AM EDT by Casanova (CommunityNews)|
|The apocalypse is upon us... the Last seal has been opened..|
|From the UO website:|
Ultima Online on America Online - - - May 5 2000 10:16AM CST (GMT -06:00)
*you must click the pop-up add to take another action.*
|Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000, 12:31 AM EDT by Rainman (CommunityNews)|
|Minimum Skill Levels for Tailoring Revealed|
|Batir has done it again. After numerous trial and error sessions, we now proudly present the new minimum skill levels needed to tailor items. You will notice that almost all items are now easier to make than before, with the exception of a few leather and studded armor pieces, which are a tiny bit (about one skillpoint) harder to make. New on the Tailoring Skill page is the Oil Cloth which is needed by Assassins. For more info on that, see the Assassin FAQ, which is maintained by Sie Ming. |
Thanks guys !
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 8:39 PM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|1st ever Heroes of the Realm Tournament|
|This message just came in from Vladimyr of the Pair-A-Dice Casino regarding an upcoming tournament. |
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 12:38 PM EDT by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Long Road Journals - Jheero on the Battle of Trinsic|
|This just in from the folks at The Long Road Journals: |
Jheero unveils his journal of the desperate battle to reclaim Trinsic, complete with fabulous screenshots.
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 12:08 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
|Midas the Bard - "50 Ways to Loot Another"|
|Another great song from Midas the Bard! Here is his announcement: |
Hello again! I've just uploaded the latest update to the site - a new song entitled "50 Ways to Loot Another". When you have a few minutes, stop by and check it out: http://www.digiphobia.com/ultimasongs.
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 11:56 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
Several websites have been updated with new comics:
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 8:27 AM EDT by Casanova (CandidCoverage)|
|Yew Cattle Drive!|
|We recieved this interesting tidbit today... |
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 7:57 AM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|I LOVE YOU virus hits Origin|
|Today the office of OSI has been infected with the dreaded ILOVEYOU virus that we have been hearing about all day. Here's the message from their Common Issues page |
The Ultima Online Technical Support and Billing Departments are currently unavailable via email. For billing and technical support issues, we urge that customers in the United States contact us via telephone at (888) 842-6388 (toll free). If you are calling from outside the United States, please dial (512) 434-4357 and ask to be transferred to Account Support.Also Calandryll posted the following on one of the Crossroads of Britannia boards:
Due to virus related issues, Origin will be shutting down our network systems effectively immediately for an indefinite period of time. This downtime will not affect our game servers or web server. However, it will interrupt in-game Game Master Support, Billing and Technical Support (both telephone and email), and Community Relation Support. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working to address the issue as quickly as possible.Visit Ziff-Davis Net UK to learn more about this very nasty Virus/Worm, and more importantly how to detect it and protect yourself against it.
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 6:04 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|PaxLair Knighting Ceremony Results|
|Mayor Winfield sent in the results of the Knighting ceremony held last night, here's what he had to say: |
May 3 [PaxLair, Felucca, Chesapeake] - Emmeril Cimber and Tassadar were
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 5:50 AM EDT by Dresden (Chesapeake)|
|Eleana Coriel Looks to Hire For New Tavern in Moonglow|
|We have recieved the following: |
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 3:27 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Jumpgate Stratics has some goodies for you|
|Remember the good old classics, Elite, Privateer, Wing Commander, LightSpeed, or even Nomad? Jumpgate seems to be the real world incarnation of every Space Sim fanatic's wet dream: a massive multiplayer version of the space exploration, combat & trading classics of old. In Jumpgate, you take control of a spaceship, travel from station to station, trading with various commodities and fighting off (or allying with) other players. |
The Game at the moment is in closed beta but luckily we are able to give away 150 beta accounts. So hop on over to JumpGate Stratics and take a look for your self...
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 2:58 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Yet Another Newbie Reporter Bids Thee Hello!|
My name is Mingus Mulingus and I am the latest addition to the Europa news team.Over the coming months I look forward to aiding and reporting on the various colorful events which transpire on the Europa shard.
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 2:33 AM EDT by Mingus Mulingus (Europa)|
|Battlezone: The Granddaddy of all PvP tournaments|
|Shaun asked that we pass this along to our readers:|
Hello!! This is the character SHAUN, Protector of the Feeble, and I'm announcing a new, weekly battle tournament. "Battlezone" is going to be the grand daddy of all PvP tournaments. 3 divisions(Newbie, Skilled, and Veteran) and 3 classes in each division (Pure Warrior, Pure Mage, and War Mage, which is anyone who uses both magic and melee in combat). The prizes are awarded to each winner, and the winner of each class will battle each other in a free for all. The 1st place winners from each division will battle each other AT THE SAME TIME!!! Whoever wins these get the Grand Prizes, which is to remain a secret until the time comes to award them.
Thanks, Shaun! Good luck with the new events.
|Posted on Friday, May 5, 2000, 12:08 AM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Greetings from a fresh pen|
|Allow me to introduce myself, I am Bruce Wolfsbane, a new addition to the Europa Stratics crew. I'm sure you'll see me roaming the world from time to time, if you do I'd enjoy speaking with you about absolutely anything that befits the moment.|
Farewell until the next time I write to you.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 9:18 PM EDT by Bruce Wolfsbane (Europa)|
|Rivendell's university seeks teachers, students|
|News from Rivendell, sent in by Pegu:|
Greetings, citizens of Britannia. I am willing to have a university built in wonderful city of Rivendell. We wont have good university, if we dont gather enough students and teachers. We currently have good amount of teachers, but if you can teach something, that we don't, come and visit us.
For more information about Rivendell, visit the Rivendell Town Hall. Thanks, Pegu!
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 3:56 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|CoC establishes Court of Justice|
|Britain's new Council of Compassion brings this news:|
On Saturday, May 6, at 8:00 PM EST, the Council of Compassion, council for the city of Britain, will hold a court of justice. It will be conducted in the Courthouse in Yew, to the northwest of the town center. The Honorable Rhiannon d'Leon will be presiding, and all cases falling under the jurisdiction of Britain will be eligible for a hearing. This is the first of our new monthly civil court sessions: only crimes involving nonviolence or minor damages will be tried. The rulings will be enforced by the law officers of the newly appointed court, and are final. No appeals court is in place.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 3:52 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|High Council accepting applications for Jhelom seat|
|The High Council is accepting applications for the 5th Seat, Representing Jhelom.|
Lord William Wingate retired last evening after a long, and distinguished career serving in public office. His contributions to the High Council, and the Realm cannot be counted. With this news, the High Council is now seeking applicants to replace Lord Wingate as the 5th Seat representing the Virtue of Valor, and the city of Jhelom.
To this end, the High Council will be accepting applications for the 5th Seat. Please send your application by messenger to [email protected] and include the word Application in the Subject, to ensure that your application arrives on the right desk.
In your application please give us an overview of your history in Britannia, and tell us why you think you would make a good representative of Valor, and Jhelom.
The process will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until Sunday May 7th at 9:00 PM EST. From there the Council will select applicants to advance to the second stage of interviews, and finally a decision will be made and the new Councilor announced.
Good luck to you all.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 3:49 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Turme returns from the void.|
Ever since Minax turned the world upside down, business has been bad at the tavern. Not many people had been coming, and despite all my best efforts, the world was not the same. Just when I was about to head to town for supplies, the demonhunter Teleburiel appeared, looking rather confused and disoriented. After taking a deep breath, he instructed us that the ghost, Turme, had reappeared in Jhelom. I was on the way to town anyway so I recalled there, not realizing what I was leaving Teleburiel and the others. I really am too arrogant for my own bloody good.
Once I came to Jhelom, I went to the bank to gather my belongings. Just then I spotted the red-cloaked ghost walking by. I walked towards Turme, but he gave chase. I ran along, hoping for him to stop. Finally I did and I introduced myself. Teleburiel told me that Turme was a brave warrior in the past and fought the demon Kurrazg, but cost him his life. Now that demon was back, terrorizing my tavern and my patrons. The Demonhunter insisted that Turme knew how to beat the demon and he was our only hope.
What I found was anything but a hero. The ghost insisted that he would not help, "I will not face him again!" he said, among other things. Instead of a brave hero, I found a quivering, cowardly shell of a man. After what felt like a long and frustrating argument I heard words come over my communication crystal from Gwen, Squire of OGD. "The Tavern is under attack!" she said. I finally peeled away from Turme and recalled back to the tavern to find a pack of hellhounds, dire wolves, and orcs attacking the tavern and my friends. They had already fought off most of them, and my coming there did little to help. In time, the pack of canines were defeated and the orcs routed.
Once it was quiet, I talked to Teleburiel about Turme's behavior. The demonhunter sighed and told me to go back with Robinhood, Jacent, Gwen, and my squire Samus, to convince Turme to aid us. He suggested trying to talk to him about valor, and reminding him of his courage. I had little idea that he was anything but a coward, but I agreed and we all travelled back to Jhelom. Smiles of CAD offered to remain behind to protect the Tavern from more attacks, along with our leader, Arash.
We returned to Jhelom where we walked back to the fighting pits where I had been with Turme last and called out for him. I placed my communication crystal on the ground so everyone could hear as it translated his ghostly moans. Finally, Turme returned, more frustrated then ever. We again had another heated debate, trying to convince him to come back to help. He claimed he didn't care what happened, and that he paid his dues. I reminded him of why he fought, and Gwen, the others and myself even said that they were willing to die to stop the demon. Turme must have finally felt that he could not allow others to suffer as he had, and finally agreed. He walked out of the fighting pit and headed towards the nearest healer. We watched in amazement as the ghost finally allowed himself to return to this world and take his first breath in years as a living being.
Teleburiel soon appeared and we made our introductions. Turme's resurrection also freed his mind, restoring his courage. He apologized for his cowardly actions, which were easily forgiven. One could only imagine the torment that Turme suffered at the hands of the demon all these years. No man or woman could resist such possible pain and agony. Teleburiel suggested Turme take a rest at the local inn, which he gratefully accepted. We escorted him back and decided to make plans to defeat the demon.
Tonight, we rest a little easier, knowing a brave soul has returned, proving the endearing strength of valor. It's only a matter of days now before Turme and Teleburiel have made plans to finally confront the demon and end his existence forever!
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 1:43 PM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|A Dark Encounter With Your Newest Shard Reporter|
|The somber skies, dark and gloomy, hang overhead the dusky and mysterious forest. Unknown and eerie sounds echo through the haunted trees only to send shivers up ones spine. Out of the darkness a lean and muscular figure steps out from the brush, brandishing his blade. As he approaches, he puts down his halberd and removes his nose helm only to reveal soft tanned skin and dark acute eyes. But it is his ears that are most noticeable. |
"Hail friend! My name is Endren Fenixfyre, wood elf and Disciple of Mondain. I have spent many days on the worned battlefields and have seen many horrors beyond comprehension. But with all the bloodshed and heraldry, my thoughts have always remained fixated on my love affair for words. It is now I take this opportunity in following my quickening heartbeat down the path as your newest Great Lakes shard reporter. I look forward in using my experience and poetic inclinations to bring the citizens of this dark and ravaged world the true tales of many brave and lost souls. If there is abomination to be seen, I will see it. If there is a battle cry to be heard, I will hear it. If there is a cursed word to be spoken, I will speak it. Do not be afraid to contact me, for inside lies a soft, caring and passionate being masked by many years of toiled hardships. I always have the time to sit and hear a stranger's story. Until then my friend, may Mondain guide you on your chosen path".
And with those fading words, the dark figures turns and races off down the path alongside the dark enchanted forest with only impressions of his presence remaining.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 1:10 PM EDT by Endren Fenixfyre (GreatLakes)|
|Sosaria Underground in development|
|A new roleplaying scenario is being created on Lake Superior, as described in this missive from Dariuas:|
Dariuas' player explains, "It will be a group who wants to bring the old Sosaria back. Like groups that follow the virtues, we follow Sosaria as it use to be. Right now we are in the planning stages. There is no guildstone, no guildhouse, just a place, and some basic things. We need creative people involved." Currently, he is at work on a website, which hopefully will be up and running soon. Contact him for further information.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 12:29 PM EDT by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|High Priest refutes allegations|
|An undisclosed source revealed last week that the High Priest of the House of Lynn'Dannae, Gaal, had "joined Minax and no longer needed to hide his loyalty."|
In response, Gaal issued this statement:
Further investigation is underway.
Additionally, it is rumored that some key information may have been related by Kaltar during one of the attacks on Cove last week. Anyone able to corroborate this, please contact us.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 9:44 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Siege under Siege|
|I had spent the day getting accustomed to the weight of my new kryss. I'd never had to fight before, I freely admit that fact. My life was always relatively simple, the studious child of scholarly parents. The demands of my new job had quickly taught me that my pacifistic days were over. Weapon slung up over my shoulder, I had walked from the training grounds to the inn, muscles screaming, belly grumbling, and eyes so tired they were watering.|
When Sara Gules' message arrived, I was in no way prepared for the momentous battles I would find myself surrounded by that night. The note was quick and to the point:
The cities of Minoc , Jhelom, Skara were under attack by greater undead (lich lords, mummies, skeleton knights , etc.) Be careful. Something is afoot.
There was neither the time nor need to ask who or what. The evil influence of the Dread Lady Minax hung over our cities like foreboding clouds of doom. Trinsic may have been liberated, yes, but it would never return to the bustling center of commerce it once was. The masons refused to enter the city to repair structural damages to the buildings and the few merchants who'd braved returning to their shops kept their bags packed and supplies low in anticipation of another evacuation. Storekeepers in other towns saw these things and were torn between allowing their own inventories to dwindle, should they have to leave their shops suddenly, and struggling to meet the needs of patrons who'd once conducted their business in Trinsic. The shrines are corrupted. Wells are tainted or dried up completely and platoons of unholy creatures ransack the landscape from one end of the realm to the other.
I held no false hope of passing the night unscathed. Rather than risking what few possessions I own, I stopped off at the bank to leave them in my strongbox there before heading to the moongate which would transport me to Yew. I had sent a pigeon off with a message back to Sara, advising her that I would be traveling from city to city and would appreciate any news she could pass along to me. I entered the glowing portal, arriving just outside Yew. A man on horseback raised his hand, startling me.
"Watch it!" he said loudly.
I did not know if he meant that I had done something socially offensive or if he was warning me. "Pardon?"
"Tons of monsters and orcs. Daemons even," he said in a less frantic tone.
I nodded. "Yes, I know. I am the Stratics reporter."
"Oh, hi," he replied, introducing himself as Max Mortem. "Just making sure." I thanked him for the warning. "For now, I have to go find this daemon that was following me." He gave a quick nod of his head, turned his horse and rode off into a stand of trees.
Nothing seemed amiss at the Abbey at first glance. The collection of beleaguered warriors sprinkled across the Empath lawns were proof that Max's warning should not go unheeded. These were the faces and names I would become better acquainted with through the long, treacherous night. No doubt the ordeal would imprint the names on their own tongues, too, as they would tell the tales for ages to come: Grot, HordeSlayer, Lord Avery, Alexander Lebaun, Hasbro, Shawn McKagen, Siegesan, Chagan Wolfe, WestRising, Summer Tanager, and countless others.
A small group gravitated around me, looking for answers or updates on the condition of our homeland. Regrettably, I had nothing much to offer them.
"Hail, TigerLily," said Grot. "I have seen your articles. Are you looking for what happened?"
I returned the greeting and said, "It's quieter here than I anticipated."
"Ahh, but you came late," he responded, a sad hint of a smile on his lips. "There were at least seven daemons here earlier. Four at one time."
I coughed, "SEVEN?!"
Alexander Lebaun looked out toward the winery. The lines on his brow signified his fatigue. "Could it be over..." It wasn't even a question, sighed to no one in particular under his breath like a prayer.
Grot continued to list the various attackers they'd fended off: orcs of the magical and lord varieties, ancient wraiths, lich lords, The days of mongbat flocks seemed long-gone and insignificant.
"Seems like we've had a little of everything," Siegesan stated.
Lebaun wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. " Too easy, says I. I want a balron." His eyes cut in my direction and I noticed one side of his mouth curl upward in a sarcastic sort of smile.
His words seemed to rejuvenate his companions. Immediately, a spark shot from one to the other, igniting them. Hasbro chuckled.
"I want Keeonean," Shawn said firmly.
Hasbro nodded emphatically. "Yeah!!!"
"Aye!" laughed Siegesan.
Hasbro repeated, "Balron!!" to which Bugeater heartily agreed, mentioning Keeonean again. Shawn grabbed up the remants of a broken spear from the ground and began dancing around our informal circle like a savage, chanting in gutteral tones. Alexander joined in, waving a tattered cape like a banner, singing, "Aye! Let that worm show his face!" as he skipped and twirled about.
Grot flashed a wry smile at me and said quietly, "These brave warriors and guilds were critical in Yew's defense," as if offering an excuse for their silly outburst. It was a glorious moment to witness, to see warriors basking in victory, thankful to be alive and showing it. I grabbed my sketchpad from my pack and asked them to gather closer so that I could capture the moment for my own memoirs. They slapped each other's backs and exchanged knowing smiles. Bugeater raised his fist high above his head and shouted, "Long live Yew!" which solicited a great shout from the group.
Dene approached as I was finishing the last strokes of the drawing. "Where's Keeonean?" he asked.
Grot shrugged. "Never came."
I slung my pack over my shoulder, preparing to head back through the moongate to the next town. "Be careful what you wish for, dear," I reminded him, giving him an encouraging pat on the shoulder as I waved to them and bid farewell. I wondered who would be left standing when next I returned, or if I would even return at all.
The moongate sent me from Yew to Jhelom. I was grateful for the familiar faces awaiting me there: Lock, Falcon, George Taylor, Furie, Kruja, Crystal and Sara Gules herself. They were visibly tired, smears of blood and grime on their skin and clothes. The remains of an array of creatures littered the Jhelom streets and some continued to lumber about, falling under the skillful blades and spells dealt by the defenders.
Sara embraced me with one arm. "It's good to see thee alive."
"How goes it?" I asked.
"Good, so far," Lock answered with a smile. His confidence was unshakable, it seemed.
A daemon swooped around a corner, heading directly toward us. I looked from it to Lock. "Are you sure?"
His smile widened. "Yes."
Furie and Falcon met it with one Flamestrike after another until it crumpled to the ground. We continued to share what tidbits of news we had, safe from the daemon but able to watch the mages work. "I've just come from Yew," I told them. "It was quiet there. I doubt it will remain so."
"Not so here," George said, nodding his head toward the pools of blood staining the cobblestones.
Crystal's head tilted, her eyes darting about. She was listening carefully to the sounds in the distance. "More south," she said quietly, letting out a long breath before setting out in that direction. We heard the roar of a daemon and took off behind her, arriving in time to see it belch a ball of fire that barely missed her head.
"Why are you so mean?!" I shouted.
Furie turned in his saddle. "Mean?" and pointed to himself.
"Not you. Him!" I flung my hand in the direction of the daemon.
Furie chuckled. "I don't think he speaks English." He lobbed an Explosion and three Flamestrikes at the great red monster.
"I think he understood that," I snickered.
Sara passed me a scrap of parchment she'd just received via a pigeon. Keeonean was attacking Yew. I ran for the moongate.
I dodged diving mongbats and wove in and out of groups of warriors engaging with orcs and ettins. The sounds of war thundered in my ears. I reached the doors of Empath Abbey, thinking if the fray grew too dangerous I might seek solace inside with the monks who clustered about the sacred ankh in the chapel. I pulled open the heavy door and saw that the fighting was almost as thick inside as out. My mind raced for what do next when I felt something bite into my side. A small dagger was at my feet. I looked about and saw Keeonean running directly toward me, arm poised to throw another dagger. I began to run, thinking I might be able to hide in the grape arbors between the Abbey and the winery. He was fast approaching and matched me two steps for every one of mine. I ran faster than I ever had before, no safe haven in sight. The vines seemed to be in cahoots with him, scratching at my legs, tangling my feet. All the way around the field, I ran, telling myself not to look back, unable to stop it. His chestnut hair whipped wildly around his face and his eyes burned into mine.
Two men with massive halberds cut him off, forcing him into combat and giving me a chance to flee. I ran toward the village to the south, only to find orc reinforcements marching haphazardly north toward the battlescene. If they came after me, there was no way I could protect myself and no one around to save me. I swung myself around and headed back toward the free-for-all. I scampered up a tree, peeking out to survey the grounds. I could not find Keeonean.
Kichera, displaying the colors and insignia of a Fellowship of the Road guardsman, stood beneath my perch and motioned for me to jump down to him.
"Is he gone?" I asked, not quite ready to give up my sanctuary if danger still lurked.
"Looks like it." Kirchera replied, again gesturing for me to come down.
I carefully lowered myself to the ground. "He chased me all around the grape orchard!"
"He slayed me," said a low voice behind me. I turned to find HordeSlayer sitting on the ground, back resting against the tree trunk. "Quickly."
"I hit him with five or six Flamestrikes. Barely scratched," mused Kichera.
Hoard shook his head, still stunned from his ordeal. "I didn't even see it coming."
Lock approached us, his hand on the hilt of his imposing axe. "Where's Keeonean? I want his head."
"I was fighting orcs..." Hoard continued.
Warsaw pressed closer. "Where is he? We have a little wussy to finish."
"And then all I saw," mumbled Hoard to no one and anyone, "was a flash of red and gold."
Kichera adjusted his deer mask. "I haven't seen him in a few minutes."
"He is fast," Hoard sighed, "and fights with a mighty sword." He dropped his chin into his hands. "I was foolish...."
"Maybe this is the day his soul gets freed," Warsaw offered hopefully.
"... still hacking at the orcs..." lamented Hoard.
"Just use halberds and arrows," Lock suggested. "Works best."
"... while he was killing me.. " sighed Hoard.
Greg rubbed the back of his neck. "Wonder where Keeonean is?"
"Maybe gone," shrugged Kichera. "Maybe waiting."
"He stealths well," Hoard sulked, "that Keeonean."
"You ever fight Keeonean?" Dimn Dithlagok asked the group. "Every time he is almost dead, he disappears."
"Yep." Kichera agreed.
"And he can kill you in three hits, easy," Dimn stated.
Hoard remembered. "He took me out in three hits."
Valor dropped down beside HoardSlayer, comforting him with a friendly pat. "I bet."
Dimn looked at me, cocking an eyebrow. "One time, I went toe to toe with him and he wiffed on me three times." He chuckled, "Kept me alive."
The men had a good laugh, silenced by Hasbro's question, "How do you kill him?"
HoardSlayer stared off into the distance. "With an army."
Kichera nodded. "Lots of people."
"Bigger than we are now," Hoard added, looking back at the group around the tree. "Box him in."
Kichera was deep in thought. "Flamestrikes scratched him. So do weapons...."
"Should I report the murder to the local authorities?" Hoard asked with a grin. He was going to be alright.
"And Tiger has the power of the pen," Kichera said with a chuckle, tugging playfully at my braid. "That should get him."
"I'm afraid that did me no good when he was chasing me around the grapes," I said with a dry laugh.
"MORE!" Hasbro's eyes flew wide and all the men seemed to freeze simultaneously. "INCOMING!"
Kichera shoved me up into the tree and began an incantation, "Kal Vas Flam!"
Keeonean had returned.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 9:31 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|"Dragonlight" Town Planners Announce Location|
|Hail All! |
Grand Bishop Benedict alerted us to some updates concerning the new Trammel player town, Dragonlight. A pigeon arrived in the UOSS Drachenfels News Team's offices today with the following information:
"After the meeting this past Monday, it was decided that the area for Dragonlight will be the area just north east of Britain, just across the water west of Cove. The area north of Minoc was deemed too hot, and the fear of being infiltrated with a lot of foreign houses was too big. A few suggested that there should be one kind of houses (like brick, marble, plaster, wood) in the city. This will be discussed in the next meeting, before the medium and smaller housing begins.We are, as always, most grateful to Grand Bishop Benedict for his hard work and prompt correspondence.
Go with the virtues!
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 9:27 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|UO House of Commons Announcement|
|This just in from the UOHOC: |
The next UO House of Commons Open House chat between the players and creators of UO is scheduled for this Thursday May 4th, at 7 PM CT (5 PM PT, 8 PM ET).
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 8:33 AM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (CommunityNews)|
|The Raiding of Yar's camp|
|We have recieved the following: |
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 4:48 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Another New Comic Site|
and comics, be informed that you shall find three comics about
the adventures of Boba Fett and White Gandalf at:
Thanks to Boba for letting us know.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 2:55 AM EDT by Casanova (CandidCoverage)|
|Rare Items Spawn Map Available|
Markee Dragon has published an extension for UOAM, which
shows you the exact spawn locations, as well as the spawn
frequencies for many rare items.
To download the map file, and to get installation instructions,
visit this page:
To download UO Auto-Map (UOAM), which is required to use
the map, follow this link:
Thanks to Ramirez and The Boat Thief, developers of this rares
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 2:40 AM EDT by Casanova (CommunityNews)|
|RedEye Tavern song contest|
Announcing the RedEye Tavern song contest. The contest takes place Saturday, May 6th, at 8pm PST, which is 11pm EST. Any songs of any type will be accepted. The only requirement is that the songs must have words. Sorry, no pure instrumental performances here. Prizes will be awarded to the best of the contest, as usual.
|Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2000, 12:40 AM EDT by Pelle Svanslos (NapaValley)|
|New poisoning information revealed.|
|Special thanks to Malik Yagova and Whisper for their contribution to the furtherance of poisoning knowledge. Malik's continuing testing on the damage caused by various types of poison, and Whisper's tests to determine which poisons can be cured by each type of cure potion have paved the way for updates to the Poison Damage Study, the Poisoning Essay and the Assassin FAQ. |
One item deserves particular attention: There is new information concerning the minimum damage caused by poisons. Previously the minimum amount of damage caused by poisons was 1 point. The new minimums are based on the type of poison and are significantly higher.
In other news:
I'm happy to announce that Malik Yagova has accepted our request to become the new Head of Research at the alchemy guide. Malik will be in charge of coordinating our efforts to discover more about alchemy and poisoning. These --like our research efforts in the past-- will be group efforts, so watch for further announcements concerning future research projects.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 11:16 PM EDT by Sie Ming (GeneralNews)|
|The Britannian Horseriding World Champion is...|
|we received the following announcement from Scritus : |
Hi all,Thanks a lot Scritus.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 3:55 PM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Reward for Information about a Lost Pet|
|This note was found on several walls of your fair Cities. |
"Lost on Trammel : one magical talking dog named Landar, lost whilst walking with him near Vesper. Landar was a great companion to me, he used to follow me through all my journeys, and I'm lost without him. if anyone has any details of his location please let me know."
This is a mini-quest organized by the Honorable Kralina. To win, please send screenshots of the missing dog. 500 gp reward for the first sightings in each location. Once he has been spotted we will post a new location.
Thanks a lot Kralina, I hope you will find your pet soon.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 3:39 PM EDT by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Hued Armor Changes|
|The following was just posted to FYI: |
Hued Armor Changes
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 3:27 PM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|New Information on the Orc Incursion|
Tor'ghat read the blood stained message that the scribe had given him.
.....'twas horrible to see. We massed at the front gates as you commanded, for surely the orcs would attempt to storm that entrance. We waited and waited...nothing happened. After what seemed an eternity there were screams in the city. The orcs had attacked from the rear gate!! It seems we have underestimated the intelligence of these creatures. Fortunately the battle was swift. The orcs broke into 2 groups and were easily dispatched. One orc I managed to knock out cold with the help of Woody. We then dragged the body to the safe house in Britain to question this creature.
It didn't go well, the creature died before we could get much information, but we did learn that this was no invasion. Seeing the creatures and their numbers I was hoping that they were only few in number. This was a scouting group to test our defences, and only contained some of the younger more inexperienced orcs. They are planning a bigger attack soon, the orc before it died screamed that we would all perish when the main force attacked the city in exactly......
The remainder of the message was gone. Tor'ghat looked at Cho'dan the orc rogue.
Cho'dan grinned. "Yub an da tupid messenger wad guda tu torture...har har!"
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 11:51 AM EDT by Sha'mad Conde (Oceania)|
|Caer Aquilo Changes|
|Hail, this is to all guilds and individuals that are a part of the upcoming Caer Aquilo player run town. Some new important news and plans have cropped up and it is extremely vital that anyone who is involved gets in touch with either myself, or Baron Von Saltbush of SoE. We can give you all the details you require, and answer any questions you may have.|
Time is running out so we all must work together and make this happen.
Teal, Chancellor of SoE
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 11:19 AM EDT by Sha'mad Conde (Oceania)|
|Changes to the OCR Team|
Leilo has sent us a letter, where she talks about recent and upcoming
changes to the Online Community Relations team (OCR).
Hi everyone -
We have some news to share with you that we're quite excited about
around here, and we hope you will be too.:)
Carly "LadyMOI" Staehlin has accepted a promotion to the position
of Producer of the Ultima Online Live team. Carly joined Origin
Systems two years ago as a member of the Ultima IX: Ascension
team and moved on in August of '98 to create the Online Community
Relations department for Origin - the first team in the industry
solely devoted to promoting community for an MMORPG. Her efforts
to increase visibility and increase communication with the Ultima
Online community have greatly enhanced the positive interaction
between the UO team and fans.
Carly has left some pretty big shoes to fill in the Online Community
Relations team, and the only person we think can fill them is
Calandryll. Calandryll joined Origin Systems in 1999 as Online
Community Coordinator for Ultima Online and has successfully
increased and improved communication between the Ultima Online
community and the UO Team. He'll be stepping up as Manager of
Community Services, overseeing the Online Community Relations
team and the Interest team.
Melantus will be stepping into Calandryl's former role as UO
Community Coordinator. With many years as a UO player, Counselor,
and Senior Game Master, Melantus brings a great deal of
knowledge and talent to the position and we look forward to his
integration into the community.
While we won't be making any official news announcement on the UO
website, Carly, Calandryll, and Melantus will all be contributing to the
"Comments from the Team" section over the next few days with
more details on their new positions and the plans they have for
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 11:19 AM EDT by Casanova (CommunityNews)|
|Retirement of Seer Aria|
This announcement was sent in to me by a member of the Paws Outpost:
Paws Outpost along with Seer Saegon would like to invite all of Sosaria to attend the retirement party of our beloved Seer Aria on Friday May 5th at 8 p.m. PST (10 p.m. CST). We will be holding a banquet in her honor on top of the Counselor's Guild in Serpent's Hold (Felucca), located in the northwestern part of town. We hope that all of Sosaria will join us in celebrating Aria's long commitment, voluntary services and the immense joy she has brought to the world of Ultima Online. There will also be a gate available at Paws Outpost to and from the event.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 9:47 AM EDT by Ceridwen (NapaValley)|
|Two Year Anniversarry of the Atlantic Museum in Wintermoor!|
Amazing! Best of luck with the event, Xanthar!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 9:06 AM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|For future news submissions..|
When submitting a news article, please remember to include which facet the event occurs on. Also, if the event is at a player-run establishment, please include directions to that establishment as well as the facet the establishment is on. After all, there are two Trinsics, two Yews, and two of everywhere else, except Occlo. Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 8:29 AM EDT by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|Thoughts on the new lands|
|The great debate on the Europa board at the moment is about the rights and wrongs of opening a new non-PK land. One player has sent us his thoughts. This is not an official view of Stratics, but I thought you might be interested to read what he thinks and maybe reply: |
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 6:17 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|A wordsmith writes|
|A new library is being planned: |
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 6:04 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Knight Ceremony in PaxLair & Tales of an Old Knight|
|This just in from Winfield, Mayor of PaxLair:|
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 5:34 AM EDT by Dresden (Chesapeake)|
|Black widow attacks|
|Worrying news from Delucia: |
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 5:09 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|"Battle for the Cursed Keep" Sunday|
|The following is an announcement from Vragor:|
This coming Sunday will be the 3rd Battle for the Cursed Keep. Time will be from 8pm to 9pm CST.
For additional details and directions to the keep, visit The Shadowclan Orcs.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 12:41 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Tailoring contest slated for Friday|
|Alora Mystmyr extends this invitation:|
Hear ye, hear ye, Lords and Ladies. JemFire of The Lords of Virtue, in association with Snow of The Imperium will be sponsoring a Tailoring Contest and Fashion Show at The Shrub Garden Inn, Friday - May 5th, 7:30pm pacific time.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 12:07 AM EDT by TigerLily (SiegePerilous)|
|Spiritwood Tavern Meet Market|
|After my mail client returned from death, I received this from Fenris:|
The next Spiritwood Tavern Meet Market will be on saturday the 6th of May at 21.00 cet (8pm gmt). Of course everyone is invited!
*Flexes muscles* Maybe people want to buy a fine warrior like me...?
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 11:57 PM EDT by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|Saving of Cove|
|As you may know, Cove has been overrun with gazers and orcish kin. Ravi wishes for help to retake the town of Cove: |
On Friday May 5, 2000 at 11 PM EST to 1 AM EST there will be a very special event. I want many people to come and enjoy a hunt to the Orc Fort to save people, fight monsters, and fight murderers. This will be a great chance to meet new people and befriend them. An interaction will occur that will bring our people together. We might even go to other places.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 11:49 PM EDT by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|The CIA in Crisis|
|I received this notice from an Outrider of the CIA,|
A few days ago, our Master, Rogan Kai, headed for an unknown location in search of a site for Langley, the CIA guildhall. Little is known of his travels, except that he told the CIA Outriders of an old Keep that would be perfect for Langley. Since then, Rogan hasn't been seen. To add to this, the Company of Independant Adventurer's Guildstone teleporter was with him, and that too, has vanished. Currently, Outriders are searching for their Master, but so far to no avail. Thus, with these events in mind, the CIA must suspend any planned activities with other guilds until Rogan's whereabouts are known. We apologise for any inconvenience, but rest assured, the CIA will continue....
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 6:41 PM EDT by Sha'mad Conde (Oceania)|
|Vesper rebels make peace|
|New threats bring peace in Vesper: |
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 4:30 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Journey to Trammel|
|One adventurer writes with the tale of his crossing to a new world: |
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 4:19 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Time for another RD Storefront Auction!|
|Lord Tristan sent us the following:|
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 4:11 PM EDT by Luxmea Mundi (GreatLakes)|
|Silly hats rule in Spiritwood|
|Ladies' night in Spiritwood went with a bang: |
Well thank you for the warning . . .
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 4:07 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Last week, we asked you what the UO Development Team should work on next. 39% of you thought is should be Necromancy, 28% said they wanted to see new craftables added to the game, 9% wanted additions to Alchemy, 7% wanted the Bardic skill improved, and 10% wanted other changes. |
This week, we would like your opinion on UO:R. How does it fare, so far?
Head on over to our Periodoc Poll and let us know.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 4:06 PM EDT by Pfredd Mudd (GeneralNews)|
|Hello all. As you may have seen, the page has not been updated recently. I have had very serious problems with my PC which eventually resulted in the entire hard disk having to be wiped - blame me or Bill Gates as you prefer. We are very much back in action, and I will be updating the page with a *lot* of news starting . . now.|
Once again I do apologise!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 3:57 PM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Terra Sanctum Building Explored and Mage Benedict Sighted|
|We've received two reports of parties exploring the strange building discovered in the Lost Lands some time ago. Benedict was sighted and even spoken to in each case. Here are the observations of Colin Mor of the Purple Guardians of Honor. |
Greetings and Well Met.A second report was received from Yuushi, a bard, who also had a chance to speak with Benedict directly.
Hail my good bards,Twould seem that the mage, Benedict, is still causing trouble in the land. The log book the Colin Mor mentions can be read at the following location. It speaks of the tainted food shipments which Benedict tried to disperse several times to the populaces in Skara Brae, Kinship Village, and Yew.
With his reappearance, I'd urge everyone to be wary of food from unknown sources.
Thank you Colin Mor and Yuushi for the reports!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 10:53 AM EDT by Brenna (Catskills)|
|Emerald Enchantress Quest|
|We have recieved the following: |
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 9:17 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|Greta the Witch Visits Wintermoor|
For the past few nights now, a witch has strolled around in Wintermoor. For days we watched her with a close eye, yet nothing was to pass. Finally, upon entering the Tavern of Wintermoor one night the witch lifted up and cackled with an insane glee.Thankye, kindly, Xanthar, for this news.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 7:07 AM EDT by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
Unscheduled Downtimes - May 1st (CT)
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 6:40 AM EDT by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Free Repair Night|
|We have recieved the following: |
The Crusaders of Sosaria (CrS), in an effort to promote goodwill throughout the lands will be hosting a free armor and weapon repair night. The event will take place tonight (Monday May 1st) and, if successful, will occur on a weekly basis. Free repairs will commence at 7PM PST and will continue for one hour.Thanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 5:49 AM EDT by Debonair (Sonoma)|
|As I wrote below, I have had serious problems with my PC and lost a lot of data. This has included one round II application to be a Stratics reporter. The person concerned will know who they are, as I am in contact with the others who applied and who filled in round IIs. |
I am sorry to say I do not have any of your details at the moment. However, I had read your app and was due to reply saying you had been accepted. The only thing left to do was to hold a short interview going over the duties of a Stratics shard reporter.
I would be very grateful indeed if the person concerned could contact me. Simply re-send the round II app (with luck it will still be in your sent items folder in your e-mail client so just forward it to me at [email protected]). I will reply straight away.
Again I am sorry about this, and I hope you get in touch.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 5:09 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Terror on the seas|
|Pirates stalk the seas: |
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 4:54 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Assassin sought after merchant murdered|
|A strange encounter in Spiritwood: |
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 4:41 AM EDT by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|New Towns in the New World|
|The following announcement was pulled from the Ultima Online Community Calendar: |
"'ail, and gree'ings ta ya all! I be Thorin Oakshield, and I be lookin' to settle this fair new world we bin a blessed with. Inspired by such places as Kinship and other role playing areas, including the guild "the City of Trinsic," which for those that don't know is the Paladins of Trinsic, I would like to start such a group. I ask that a few small guilds, of kind and honorable people, gather together with me to take on this event.Thorin Oakshield asks that you contact him for more information. Mr. Oakshield proposes May 6 as the start date for this event. No information was available about whether houses would be able to be placed by this date.
The following announcement was also posted under with the headline "New Town Opening" on the Ultima Online Community Calendar:
"We will be holding a free party and guild recruitment. There will be food and drink, so come have a good time. Guild members will be able to place their house in our new town. Da Axe will be holding a lottery (price per ticket will be 500gp) the winner will be said at the end. Further details will be revealed on the day of the party.Further investigation reveals that this event will occur on May 14. Again, no information about whether houses will be allowed by this date was available.
For those interested in more information, contact this events sponsor Da Axe, or use the mystic ICQ ether to contact Baron at 54313528.
It would seem our citizenry is so anxious to found new villages on Trammel that they are planning to form towns without houses. UOSS Drachenfels will follow these stories as they develop.
Go with the Virtues!
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 3:21 AM EDT by Rock (Drachenfels)|
|New Minimum Skill Levels for Blacksmithing Posted|
|As most Smiths already found out a while ago, the minimum skill levels for smithing have changed again. This time it's for the good, because most of the arms and armor items are considerably easier to make now. Batir made all needed changes to our Blacksmithing page.|
|Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 1:39 AM EDT by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Army of Thieves Defeated!|
|This was submitted by Trek'guk Luav of AT:|
Trek'guk stood in front of the mountain searching for the secret entrance. His hands glided over the mountain wall, then suddenly they disappeared within it, as if there was nothing there to block his path. Trek smiled and continued forth, the shape of his body disappearing into an illusion of a wall. The mages the Army of Thieves had taken this hidden fortress from had crafted a magical wall that looked like mountain in front of a cave opening.
|Posted on Monday, May 1, 2000, 9:31 AM EDT by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|Britannia Traveler's Bazaar|
|This was just sent in by Gilthas Stargaze: |
|Posted on Monday, May 1, 2000, 8:21 AM EDT by Shesari Muramiad (Pacific)|
|Home Depot Anniversary Celebration Cancelled|
| This in from Amber, of the Home Depot: |
|Posted on Monday, May 1, 2000, 7:18 AM EDT by Luxmea Mundi (GreatLakes)|
|Bloodrock Clan Orcs Attack Sandlewood Box|
|From Ocelot of TUR: |
Sometime ye can't win fer losin,
Here I is a-done 'shoppin' fer them Trammel moonstones, one lizard man at er time. An I gets a pigeon from Tristam that jess about knocks me off me saddle. Dis was about 8 o'clock on Saturdee night. Seems theres trouble a-brewin, an they needs a surly old coot to throw insults. The message tells me that dear friends, Ryak n' Xterra of Sandlewood Box are under attack, an to gets me arse there yesterday. So I goes.
Well let me tells ya, I get there to see the bigges' population o' orcs you'n effer seen. There's a hunderd there iff'n theres a one. An me an my lucks pops in about the centre of the nastiest lookn' orc mages ye'en effer seen, an I seems to be the main course fer dinner tonight. Mister Ryak's Yellin at me to sen's for 'elp. but I sees I got 2 choices: Ask them there mages to please take err ticket an wait tills I'm done writin; err run likes Minax 'erselfs on me tail an' hopes I keeps breathin'.
So's I ran. I loss two of em in the woods, an managed to put me katana right in the throat of the fastess one , saving me the 'assle o' bein a magical human torch. Affer this I 'eads back to tries some damage repair as I sees some poor folks that 'aff fallen. When I gets back to the mess that was once a beautiful garden outsides the Sandlewood, I does me 'ead count. We gots lots of 'elp now. I see deadly warriors from DoC, +A+, TCW, an some undeclared gents such as Baralis an even some of me own brethren from TUR. Seems likes they doin a greats job on cleanup, so I takes the ever stupid moment o' jess sittin an watchin the scene, while not more than 5 yards away from me another oddity is occurin.
Nows I start takin' notes that somes of the warriors were dressed in orc garb. At first I thinks nothin of it, as I've hoisted a few ales with Lord Attichuck, but somethin jess seems wrong abouts 'em: Theyre all wathcin this certain Orc Lord do's battle with one of me friends. I notice this 'ere Orc Lord is a murderer an redder than a fall sunset. Then they all start a shoutin' and killin'. "Noograh!!" they sed, "Bludchok Hai!!" I gives meself about one seconds fer a curse an leaps to attack this runt.
Well we all makes mistakes, 'n mine was to attack. Tho he may be small, this feller was faster than a Silver Serpent, stronger than an Ogre Lord, an twice as nasty. It takes me exactly two hits from 'is blade to realize I'm gonna be searchin' fer a healer agin. So's I takes off, tryin to keep breathin, I thinks I made it 7 er 8 paces befores I faded to black.
Well at least bein a ghost 'as its bonuses. I gets the time to see who these fellers are. I see the monikers that these ere fellers are from some Bloodrock Clan, and they were takin orders from a thick looking guy by name o' Trugagh . It seems they've teemed up with the murderin' Orc Lord fer a reason. I 'ears 'em whisperin' about how this haint at all over, an that they are lookin fer something that is on the Sandlewood Box grounds, an that this is jess a test probe fer future parlays that promise to make this look like a lovers quarrel. An it looks like they haint given up till they gets it, whatever IT IS...
Well, finally tired o' viewin' the lanscape as black n grey, I finds a charitable soul to return me to flesh. I 'eard Heather o'that merchant's guild at Cove spec'latin' that the foul smellin' beasts were prolly sent by some black powers, and somthin' about a gold book bein torn in pieces. The battle is over, but I gets this feelin, the war haint even started yet.
Ocelot of TUR And this from Heather-GL :
If you would like more information on participating in the Quest for the Gold Tomes of the Virtues, please email me or icq 6079693. The Bloodrock Clan is still accepting 'Nu uruks' for their ranks. Guilds that wish to defend the Sandlewood Box are asked to declare war on the the clan. The Bloodrock have agreed not give murder counts for this event, it is only fair that the defenders do the same. The orcs do not loot other players in fair combat, as they have no desire to (roughly translated)"stink up ourselves with 'humie' garbage". Combatants are encouraged to take the contents of orc packs, but only if you can "pry it from our cold, dead corpse".
|Posted on Monday, May 1, 2000, 3:53 AM EDT by Red William (GreatLakes)|