Sage Humbolt hath
been honored by a Wake held in his memory at the Public Library
in Britain. The library was one of his favorite haunts, and
it was the obvious choice for the place to bid him farewell.
Many members of Britannia set aside their differences to remember
the great Sage, to swap tales of his doings, and to brag of
the parts they played in aiding him.
Sage Humbolt had long been toiling to
find a way to defeat the sibling liches, Lathiari
and Kyrnia. This pair hath been terrorizing the realm
for as long as memory serves. At great cost to himself, Humbolt
had thwarted their plans time and again. Frantically searching
all the while for some means with which to end their threat,
once and for all.
This he eventually found. The discovered
that their one weakness lay in their black hearts which must
be consumed. The best method would be to hurl the hearts deep
within the bowels of a volcano and let the immense heat destroy
the twisted relics. But such a thing would cost too many lives,
deduced the Sage, since it meant traveling with the hearts
a great distance. The liches would have ample opportunity
to regain the hearts during such a journey, and make those
who aided the Sage pay dearly. No, Sage Humbolt realized there
was only one way he himself devour the hearts. With
this decision came the certain knowledge that he would surely
perish. Aided by a thick, foul-tasting potion made from Xulen
Distillate, Damarpak Bitumen, and small bits carved from the
statuette of Jyndom, Humbolt felt he could survive long enough
to completely consume both of the liches black hearts. The
potion was enchanted using the Bell
of Courage and heated over the Ebon Flame. Wasting no
time after completing the concoction, Sage Humbolt set out
for the dungeon Despise and completed his chosen destiny.
Thus bringing the end of Lathiari and Kyrnia, the dread liches.
We all mourn his passing and the realm
will be lessened by this loss. But many have been inspired
by the Sage. Many messages were left for him at his wake:
A legend hath passed from our world;
his death brings sadness to us all. Those who did not know
him grieve; those who did carry his memory in their hearts.
Sage Humbolt died with honor and our many thanks, but his
spirit lives on in those who knew him. True heroes never
And so the cycle continues
Humbolt hath passed this phase of the journey, but his contributions
to Sosaria will not be forgotten.
We mourn now, but soon we will celebrate
thy life. Thou art an inspiration to all of us. I can only
hope to live a life as well as thee.
It is said that a man's life can be judged
by those who attend his funeral. If that is truly the case,
then we can judge Sage Humbolt as one of the greatest men
to ever live.
The people came to show their support
to the man who made their lives better. From noble warriors
to wizened magicians. From simple farmers to the Rangers who
protect the forrests. From the humble healers to the famed
Bards of the land.
There were many who came to pay their
respects. To a man who deserved even more.
To one of the greatest to grace our land.
Farewell, great and humble Sage. May the
rest of thy journey be peaceful.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online,
Sunday, May 17th 1998