Ceridwen the Historian
The evening before last, I received a message from Frederick of
Nujelm reading, Your presence is required at the palace as soon as possible.
The captured thief, Teryon, had given the location of the two missing books, after a week
of interrogation. Though clearly a pawn, knowing nothing of the import of the books, he
was privy to the city which they had been taken to. Magincia.
With the help of friends from Britain and Yew, and even strangers of
Magincia, the two books have been found. The first book was found in a building that must
have been Sage Coralons lodging. The Insidiae had paid this Sage to search the books
for any leads regarding a magical flame of some sort. He was found in Harriss Tavern
by the Sea reading the second missing book. Startled and confused when the men entered, he
grabbed the book, threw it into his pack, and denied having any knowledge about it or the
Sage Coralon was no experienced liar. After the subject turned to
jails and punishments, he broke down (after a final frantic attempt to get away) and
admitted his work for the Insidiae. He explained that he took the job only because it
looked innocent enough and was good money even if it was for a group of thieves. In
his own greedy way, he felt it justified.
I had time to read through a good portion of the two books, and now
present less sensitive excepts from one. Hopefully they will shed a bit of light on this
whole ordeal, by giving a bit of a background on Sindl and the Flame that the Insidiae
wants. Any locations and details have been removed.
Work on fire was all but abandoned after that terrible
incident. In fact, it was outlawed on Verity isle and surrounding areas. This news reached
the mainland quickly, all the way to the home of an almost hermetic, eccentric youth named
Sindl. She had left her home in [
] before she turned fifteen to travel northwards
and leave human civilization completely. Here, a hidden genius showed itself as she taught
herself the intricacies of magic in all its forms
She became fascinated with heat
and flame imagining such natural power being harnessed by humans for numerous
purposes: from defense to technology. This fascination formed itself into an obsession.
She had enchanted a staff to protect herself from fire as she
worked to create the most dense flame imaginable. She called the very forces of the sun
itself to a pedestal in the center of a stone chamber she had built for this ritual. When
all was done, and the room stood black with soot, a circular flame stood floating above
the pedestal. Her staff, also, had turned a bright red color, having received a portion of
the suns energy.
This staff came to be known as the Staff of the Sun over the
ages, and has been lost since Sindls death thirty years later. The Flame she kept
hidden, for its power exceeded even her expectations. If any were to find it, they would
enjoy entirely too much sway over the world, for it acted as a portal into the Plane of
(all taken from The Origins of Flame Based Magic, Sage
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Monday, February 8th 1999