UP : Buccaneer's Den (Baja)
More mischief was discovered in Buccaneers Den this week. This
time a startling discovery was made outside of one of the Buccaneers Den homes
thought long ago abandoned. The Town Cryer news staff was alerted early last week
to increasing numbers of disappearing Buccaneers Den shopkeepers. See: Rotting Undead Roam The Streets Of Bucs Den, Monday, June
22. Now it appears that someone or something has splattered a circle of blood
outside the supposedly abandoned home.
The home was locked and no one appeared to be home when the Town
Cryer staff knocked on the door. No explanation for the blood circle could be obtained
from the Buccaneers Den shopkeepers, either.
I have no idea at all about that gruesome circle, said Leah
Partis, a thief who makes her home in Buccaneers Den, It just appeared late
one night while most of us were sleeping. My son said he heard some evil sounds one night,
moans and chants, he said. I didnt hear them myself, but he came and crawled into
bed with me, his face white as a ghost. I didnt think nothing of it at the time, you
know how kids have nightmares, but he swears the sounds he heard were like nothing
hed ever heard before. Pure evil he says.
Shopkeepers in Buccaneers Den are still reporting alarming
numbers of disappearances as well. Aye, we are still missing a lot more people than
I be comfortable with, said Quayd Roth, one of the Buccaneers Den blacksmiths,
Last week the tanner across the street closed up shop, and said he would see me the
next day. Seemed like he didnt have a care in the world. The next day came, and he
was nowhere to be found. He never returned.
We have also had what seems like a great increase in the number
of evil beasts around. Of course, everywhere there are orcs and ettins and whatnot, and
Bucs Den certainly has its share, but recently it seems like that our share has been
quite high... and I dont like that one bit.
Sailors that have passed by Buccaneers Den have also reported
seeing strange sights in the forests. Sorta looked like some kinda walking bones
wandering around near the shore, said one unidentified sailor, but by the time
I could get me spyglass out to take a look... they were gone.
The Town Cryer staff will continue to follow this story and will
publish further articles as information becomes available.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Saturday, July 4th 1998