Responding to an urgent plea for help from, of all
places, Buccaneer's Den, Halston Montil gathered some stalwart warriors
and skilled mages to his side. Leaving for the island, one could not help
but notice the gleam in his eye. Obviously anxious for some action after
a week of uneasy quiet, the Royal Guardsman looked eager to fall upon
whatever foe he found at the pirate town.
Arriving at the island town, Halston and his companions
found orcs, mages, and elementals everywhere. A fierce battle ensued.
Fighting his way across the town, Halston came to the Thieves' Den. In
the back room he found a man named Trool cowering behind the desk. Trool
claimed to be a member of the Followers of Armageddon. Halston asked him
a few curt questions and discovered that the reason for the hordes in
Buccaneer's Den was that they were lackeys for the FOA. They had grown
restless and jumpy since the Leader after the failure seven days ago.
The Leader had not been in touch with them. One thing led to another and
then they were cavorting all over the place. Haslton considered a moment
then asked where the Leader could be found. Trool swore he didn't know,
but that he had heard about a contact in Minoc. A mage named Onjann.
Traveling to Minoc in search of the mage, Halston
those who accompanied him spoke excitedly. A chance to perhaps find the
infamous Leader of the FOA. They found Onjann in the tavern, the Barnacle.
At first uncooperative, Onjann changed his tone when Trool's name was
mentioned. He admitted to helping the Leader in exchange for a debt being
erased. He owed the FOA a large sum of gold, but had been promised the
erasing of that debt for his assistance in getting the Leader to a hiding
place. Onjann said he sent the Leader to speak with Marhta, a gypsy in
In Yew, behind the mill as promised, Halston found
Marhta. Marhta was eager to help after they mentioned Onjann's name, but
had little to say. She had indeed spoken with the Leader, but had been
unable to help him. She said that he had gotten angry and had stomped
off mumbling something about the dungeon near there. The dungeon Shame.
Searching desperately in Shame, Haslton eventually
found the Leader. But he was in the midst of an interesting tableau. GThunk
the troll was threatening him. Julia and Mariah, the kidnapping victims
of a few weeks ago stood near by trembling. The Leader was cowardly using
them as a human shield between himself and the troll. Seeing Halston and
his followers and knowing him to be a virtuous man, the Leader called
out to him for help. GThunk growled deeply and warned Halston to back
off. The troll made it clear that he wanted to take care of the Leader
himself. He blamed the FOA for the death of his brother, GSplat.
Halston turned to the FOA Leader and told him that
he would help, but only if he surrendered to his custody. The Leader stalled
a bit, hemming and hawing, but realized he had little choice and agreed.
Halston then asked the troll to step down and let him take his prisoner.
GThunk roared and became outraged. He yelled that he would be the one
to finish the FOA. The troll rushed at the FOA Leader, intending to strike
him dead in one powerful blow.
Surprisingly, Julia stepped in front of the troll
and asked him to stop. She told him that the FOA Leader had surrendered.
The troll ignored her and continued toward the Leader. Stepping into his
path, Julia caught the full brunt of his anger and his wrath. Struck down,
she fell with a hollow thud. Halston leapt at the troll, drawing his sword
in one quick motion. His folowers did the same except for a few who had
been asked by Halston to watch the Leader. The battle with the powerful
troll was fierce, and in the confined space, the large beast seemed to
have the upper hand. If not for the large number of warriors, mages, and
healers who had accompanied Halton, the troll would not likely have been
defeated. When the troll finally fell, Halston let out a slow breath and
thanked those who helped him. Wiping the seat from his brow, he turned
to the Leader, scowled, and then knelt by Julia. Touched by her act of
sacrifice for someone who had kidnapped and submitted her to as yet unknown
horrors, Halton took her into his arms and quickly asked for a spell to
transport them to Yew. With the Leader in tow, Halston stepped into the
moongate that was conjured.
The FOA Leader was deposited in the Yew Prison. And
Julia was laid gently in a bed in the court. Knowing that she would likely
never regain consciousness, Halston knelt beside her and thanked the virtues
that people like Julia were a part of his realm. The tears sliding across
his cheek bespoke the emotion he felt at the loss of one such.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Tuesday, December