When one doth achieve a certain amount of renown and when
ones name doth become known to many, an unfortunate
side effect doth occur. Namely, the attraction of the seediest
elements in our realm. Those who would attempt to lie, cheat,
and steal their way into attaining some of the perceived fame
or wealth of their chosen victim. Members of our
society who only wish to take those who do good for our land
and use them to satisfy their own greed and lust for power,
often using extortion, murder and straight out thieving to
gain their ends.
Such an event very recently occurred in Britain. Alchemist and
researcher, Zephram the Scientist, was hounded by a man
claiming to be his son. Zephram doth research on potions, reagents, etc., while working to
unlock the secrets of our world. At an early age, his parents were killed in an explosion
caused by his experimentation. While clearly an accident, Zephram remains deeply effected
by this event even today though he is well into his 60s. Fear of harming another loved one
as well as a profound devotion to his work hath left his life devoid of any family or
close friends for well over 50 years. As such he hath thrown himself, body and soul, into
his research to the exclusion of most else except, of course, an occasional mug of
ale or glass of wine.
The man claiming to be his son admitted that his claim was false
when confronted with the truth. Instead of relenting, he begged Zephram to allow him into
his home even though he was not Zephrams son. One can only wonder what evils he
wished to act upon Zephram and why he wished such ill to a man he even admitted he had
only once before met. This faux son, calling himself Ort or Hank or something like that,
was even overheard at the Salty Dog Tavern saying the he was but a thief trying to steal
his way into Zephrams Home.
One such as Zephram, whose study of various cures and of
resurrection, benefits all Britannians. To be harassed by some deviant soul claiming to be
his son adds only insult to the potential harm that could have befallen him. Is this the
way our society hath chosen to recognize those who work for the good for the realm? We
belittle them, insult them, attempt to rob them, and scheme to murder them? This certainly
seems to be the case. Tis a sad state of affairs. One can only hope that those of us
who follow the virtues can help these strays find the right path
back to Honor, Humility, Justice, Compassion, Sacrifice, Spirituality, Valor, and Honesty.
My fear is that, as in the case of this false son, the unvirtuous will continue to plot
ways to gratify their greed and lust. As such, we will need to be ready to meet each
nefarious act blow for blow.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Monday, March 9th 1998