It was a traditionally peaceful evening on the Isle of Magincia when
the word broke that a large band of pirates and cutthroats had landed ships north of the
city in preparation for a raid. The townspeople were notified and a militia was soon
formed, including volunteers from all over the land streaming out of the moongate in
The first wave of pirates, estimated to number thirty or more tore
into the defenders. With some assistance from the town guard the first wave was cut down
fairly quickly. A few brave scouts went further north and only their ghosts returned to
warn of a second wave of pirates led by a man named One Eyed Swain. Swain, later
identified as the first mate of the crew, was quite a leader and organized the second wave
to be much stronger.
Moonglow resident Rorik Shayle, who was born and raised on the island of Magincia rallied
the defenders and they entered battle with the second wave. Led by Locke of the Protectors
of the Dragon, this unit decimated the pirate ranks though they suffered heavy losses.
When Swain caught sight of Rorik Shayle, he called out for their
captain, Davy Jones. The mere sight of the captain sent shivers through the defenders'
ranks. The captain was no pirate, at least not any more. His algae soaked bones gleamed in
the moonlight and his eyes burned with a blood red light. The captain began to cry out to
Shayle, "I want me statue, Shayle" and repeatedly demanded it be returned.
It was a long battle and finally the undead captain and his first
mate were put to rest. The defenders found a strange and intriguing treasure map which is
sure to lead to the hidden treasure of the evil pirate.
Once everyone had been restored and healed, the defenders began to question Rorik Shayle
as to the meaning of the pirate's pleas. The prominent merchant explained that he had once
purchased a statue, an ancient artifact from a lost age, from the pirate many years
before. His offer had been fair enough to the pirate, drunk at the time, but that on
sobering up the vile captain had demanded a better price. As the years passed by, word
came to Rorik that Jones had died at sea and he had ceased to worry about it.
Rorik took the defenders to his home in the city of Moonglow to view
There have been no more sightings of pirates off the coast of
Magincia, though many residents fear what may lie ahead.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima
Online, Thursday, April 8th 1999