Humbolt made a request of the Britannian citizens last
night. He requested their aide in the location of several
items that he claims are absolutely vital for his research.
One of the items has only been spoken
of in legend, the Bell
It seems that these items, once safely
stored in repositories across the land, had been scattered
by either the Liche's, or their accomplices, in an effort
to deprive the Sage of the tools he needed to ultimately defeat
It seems he now has all the items required
for whatever the process is that he is researching. He studies
are being conducted in Lord
under the protection of the finest guards in the land.
The importance of this research is such
that no expense has been spared in ensuring the safest environment
possible for his continued work.
Even though Lord British himself made
available the coffers of the royal treasury for the reward
to be offered for the return of these items, Humbolt refused.
He sacrficed not only his personal savings, but gave as reward
an artifact that belonged to his family for many generations
(see lead Story, "Sage Humbolt Gives
Magic Weapons to Questors" for more details).
He commented that, "Such a sacrifice
is naught compared to the dangers mine hand hath sent the
brave and noble citizens of the realm to by requesting their
assistance. Even now their actions may have marked them for
retribution by these dark forces which have been gathering
in secret against us. I only hope that my paltry reward can
properly express the deep thanks in my heart for their actions..."
No comment was given as to the progress
of his research or even what he has planned. When addressing
the matter he only had this to say, "What I know, only
I may know. May the Virtues
keep us all in these times."
Although the realm has not seen any indication
of the Lathiari or
Kyrnia's presence since the last incident in the south,
the danger is great enough in the eyes of both constabulary
and crown to warrant such drastic security measures.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Thursday,
March 12, 1998