Hold - - The rumblings of the earth are a hard thing to
ignore, especially when they knock you off your feet. That's
just what happened in Serpent's Hold, as well as many other
places, as the Zog Cabal
tried once again to ravage the people of Britannia. Several
were killed in Serpent's Hold, and as if that weren't enough,
Several fire elementals appeared from the small crag left
in the side of a large rock and began terrorizing the populace.
Similar reports have come from Minoc
and Trinsic, though
neither of those cities felt the turbulence much themselves.
But nearby to each city a mountain has been scarred, leaving
rubble and an open entrance to a cave that wasn't there before.
From each of these as well, elementals have poured forth into
the surrounding area. Reports indicate that somewhere west
of Trinsic earth elementals have done some major damage to
the surrounding area, and at least one person may have been
Both air and water elementals have been spotted north of Minoc,
and have killed several local creatures including trolls and
local wildlife. It isn't known why so many elementals have
shown up since the earthquakes ravaged the landside, but it
doesn't bode well for the immediate future.
The cause of the earthquakes, wildly speculated
on since their occurrance, has finally been pinpointed. Early
rumors suggested that men in black cloaks were seen in the
areas prior to the quakes occurring, performing some sort
of magical rituals. It was later discovered that these men
were in fact planting reagents, and attempting to cast some
sort of spell with global implications. Word has it that they
may have been Zog Cabalists.
This would certainly bear out Lord CrawWorth's
theory about the Cabalists attempts to destroy the world and
everything in it. CrawWorth did give a short interview, which
is reprinted below.
"'Tis fair to say that the Cabal has
finally decided to play their hand. They have hoped for some
time to uncover Mondain's
spellbook and cast a ghastly spell, known as the spell of
Armageddon. Mondain, it seems, had full knowledge of this
spell, and intended to use it as a last resort if he did not
get what he wanted from the Gem
of Immortality. Fortunately he was dispatched before such
an atrocity could be committed. The Cabal now hopes to use
Mondain's spell to destroy our world. It would appear that
they didn't follow Mondain's instructions closely enough,
or perhaps they had only a partial copy of the spell, because
the earthquakes that they caused were not their goal..."
It is now believed that Lord
British will soon declare the cabal and enemy of Britannia,
and they will be hunted down like the dogs they are.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Sunday,
August 9th 1998