UP : Vesper Cemetery (Sonoma)
What may have possibly been the strangest thing many
adventurers had ever seen, happened in the Vesper Cemetery two nights ago. 'Twas a monster
attack, and this land has certainly seen many recently, but 'twas a monster attack unlike
most others seen in Britannia.
As usual, the town criers got word of the coming attack and raised a
call to arms to organize a party of brave souls to defend Vesper against the onslaught. It
was a large number of dire wolves that had gathered in the graveyard to attack passing
citizens of Britannia, but it was the way in which they gathered that was most surprising
The wolves appeared to be standing in some type of formation, as they
were lined up in small groups of four. However, possibly the strangest sight of all was
that they appeared to be commanded by a lich lord, and the wolves would not attack until
the lich lord commanded them to strike. They appeared to obey him, in fact, waiting and
growling at the virtuous souls, but not attacking them until the lich lord released them
from their formation.
Some of the first fighters to arrive at the cemetery
couldn't believe their eyes. "Aye, I got to the boneyard as quickly as I could after
I heard the town criers," said Martoyn the warrior, "a little too early, in
fact, as there were only three humans and what must have been two dozen dire wolves. I was
just getting ready to hide and wait for reinforcements, when I realized that they were not
attacking me. And the lich lord appeared to be engaged in taunting some soul standing
right by the front gate."
Said Martoyn, "I was too amazed and frightened to do anything. You
usually only hear that bone chilling cry from the liches as they pound into you with both
great strength and magic. 'Twas the first time mine ears had heard understandable words
coming from those ugly lich beasts. That lich continued to laugh at us, and when we
finally ventured into the cemetery, he began to unleash the wolves... but only one wave at
a time. I have never seen such a display. It was almost as if they had been trained in
fighting tactics somehow."
In the end, there were just too many brave fighters for the wolves, and
the citizens of Britannia claimed victory over the wolves. However, the lich lord somehow
could not be attacked, as he appeared to be invulnerable to all who tried to attack him.
The defeat did not even seem to bother the evil beast, as he merely
opened a red moongate and disappeared into it. However, before he left, that lich lord
advised adventurers to be watching their backs.
The Town Cryer knows not what all this can mean. Have monsters
learned to fight like humans? It seems that most oft they fight in a random and haphazard
way, throwing out organization in favor of a crushing rush at their prey. But can they be
taught discipline an battle tactics? The members of the Town Cryer staff certainly
hope not, and will be following this story with interest.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Tuesday, April 14th 1998