Here in a small hamlet west of Britain, one man has seen the horrors
of nature unleashed and the heroism of mankind. Our story starts with Carl, an esteemed
farmer whose crops fill the shops of Britain, and a day usually filled with hard labor and
sacrifice, Harvest Day.
Waking from his sleep just before dawn, Carl heard a distressing
sound coming from his fields. As he walked to his window he was shocked to see what he
described as "a field so covered in varmints I could'na see the ground".
Grabbing a shepherd's crook, Carl tried his best, he says, to rid the fields of the small,
furry pests but realized he was in far over his head.
"I was a'right till the blasted bunnies started biting,"
Carl said with horror, obviously still shaken from the incident. "I would lie down
and die fer me blessed greens but I knew I could'na stop those varmints. I needed
And help he received.
Carl went into the city of Britain and began
asking for aid from the local citizens gathered around the City Bank. There he met the
mighty Thundarr, the heralded Morgoth, the acclaimed horsemen ORE Bringer and the
masterful Pegasus III. With these powerful heroes in tow, Carl returned to the fields he
had abandoned and watched with glee as the "foul beasties were pulverized".
Afterwards, Carl thanked his saviours and granted them all a
generous reward in gold as well as all the greens they could eat. But perhaps the heroes
left with much more, having seen the unbridled and untamed ferocity of nature conquered at
their own hands.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Friday, February 19th 1999