Vincent de l'os
Many, I'm sure, recall the old ghost stories
that they told amongst themselves as children. Perhaps not
word-for-word, but at least the memory of the shared experience
of attempting to frighten one another around the campfire
is something that many of us had in common in our youth. Some
believe that what has happened recently is the beginning of
such a story coming true.
A strange ghost has been sighted recently, often appearing
behind someone and then vanishing as soon as the person notices.
The ghost appears to have the name of Zaine
the Lurker. No one knows what exactly a "lurker"
is in this context, but that seems to be only a minor part
of the mystery.
Sightings have been frequent this past
week, mostly in Britain,
but also as far south as Trinsic.
I was fortunate enough to talk to a few people who had spotted
this bizarre spirit first-hand. One such eye-witness was quoted
as saying, "Aye, I saw it. I even spoke with it! My friends
thought I'd never have a practical use for the skill of spirit-speaking..
And yet, there I was, the only one on the street who could
understand what he was saying. Tis a strange manner of being,
as he seems to remember very little of where he came from
or where he is going. He spoke only in single words, and kept
mentioning some sort of strange rock, and a skull. Oh yes,
and he kept repeating the word "pain". Damn riddles!
Perhaps he's lost his mind or something."
Another was heard saying, "It was
damn frightening, I do say! I was about to sit down to read
a book in the park near the east bank in Britain, when suddenly
this bluish ghost with an erie green-glowing lantern appeared
right in front of me. I nearly soiled myself! Then it vanished,
only to reappear a few yards away where it spoke to a few
adventurers. They seemed quite interested in the rock it spoke
of. That is, until the ghost said it was not a black
rock. At that point someone began yelling over everyone
else, and the ghost appeared a bit flustered and vanished
Some of those who have had extended conversations
with this apparition have come to the conclusion that he is
searching for some sort of magical rock that is somehow tied
to his pain. As to whether the "rock" at that location
will resurrect him, or lay him to rest, or do something completely
different, no one knows. The only thing that is known for
certain is that he is not your run-of-the-mill ghost, and
can not be resurrected by normal means. Also, he seems to
weaken after a short while, and then vanish.
This mystery is still wide open. Perhaps
one of our readers will find what the ghost is looking for,
and solve the puzzle. However, I would suggest doing so with
caution, for it is not clear how or why Zaine died, or how
he got to be in his current state.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Monday,
September 21st 1998