UP: Napa Valley
Renowned researcher Wendell Hemless is missing and presumed dead
after failing to return from his most recent journey into Sosaria's wilderness a full week
after his expected return. Based on rumors and a few scant reports of gargoyles speaking
Sosarian, members of Blackthorn's staff hired Hemless in an effort to prove that other
races were as deserving of rights as a species such as humans have been granted.
"We saw this as a perfect opportunity to show that not all of
the so-called "evil" races are indeed intent on ridding the land of human
beings" said Terrance Bryce, an employee of Lord Blackthorn. "So many times when
we send people out to look at orcs and ratmen, they are chased away immediately. If these
gargoyles are actually conversing in our own language, imagine the possibilities!"
On the approval of his superiors, Bryce hired one of the best field
researchers from Britian, Wendell Hemless, to attempt contact with the gargoyles. Hemless
in the field was supposed to return after a week to make his first report and restock his
supplies. A week has passed since his expected return and as yet, no sign of Wendell
Hemless has been found. Search parties are being organized and all capable citizens are
being asked to aid in his return.
Mrs. Hemless was not available for comment, but is rumored to be
keeping candle light vigil at Empath Abbey for the safe return of her husband.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Thursday, February 25th 1999