Ruscel the Mage
UP : Lake Superior
As I entered the mage shop in Britain I overheard a conversation
about a golden staff of power. I know most of these stories are just myths and legends,
but I went to listen none the less. There around the table sat seven men all very noble in
stature, discussing what had taken place.
There was a Great battle on the ice isle. Many an orc lay waste to
warriors, as a single mage stood laughing and taunting the fight on. When the warriors
finally made it to the evil mage, his power was unmatched. Warriors collapsed at his feet
like bags of bones. He struck them with only a Staff (The Golden Staff of Power). The
power of the staff flowed through him as his taunts continued toward the warriors. The
warriors surrounded the mage and beat him down, but only after many a death. Even with
such great power, the mage could not over come such numbers. One of the warriors grabbed
the staff and teleported away to safety, that warrior was amongst those in the room
What I heard next was unthinkable; the staff was alive. Apparently
it was whispering evil suggestions to he who had grabbed it, as well as others around him.
Frightened he told those around him what he heard and asked if they to had heard it, some
did, some did not. He showed the staff to them proudly and kept it hidden in the bank so
it would not get thieved. It was then that the town cryers called out, warning of the evil
of the staff and how it must be destroyed. Rytal the Guildmaster mage offered to dispose
of the staff and give a reward to he who brought the staff to him. So, that is the reason
for the discussing amongst these men. They were going to destroy the staff.
What happened next saddens me to say, but I shall. Several of the
warriors start shouting and yelling "'Tis the Staff Don't listen" as a voice
told them to relinquish the staff. I could not see who was saying to relinquish the staff,
but some said it was the Mage Rytal. The staff was causing the mind of those around it to
cloud over and be fooled. Those warriors who could see Rytal grabbed the staff and gave it
to him. Words of magic I have never heard before bellowed forth as a strange portal
opened. The Guildmaster mage said the only way for the staff to be destroyed was to take
it to the void, but he himself would die there as well. The mage stepped into the portal
as a scream escaped his lips
. Silence over came all as the portal closed. Rytal was
gone, as was the cursed staff. A moment of silence was given for Rytal and the warriors
moved on their way.
The town cryers cried the deeds of those who risked much to destroy
So shall I.
Thank Thee Lord Kirdor, Greye Wyndmere, Isis de Valent, Lord Ged,
Lord Dax Pagan, Ace Hunter(Who Found the staff) and Rytal.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Sunday, March 8th 1998