"I had never seen such a swarm of
vermin inall my life, and I worked the Skara Brae docks for
years! Out of the woods theycame.. all shapes and sizes. Hungry
and vicious they were! A few ratmen wereamong them, as if
leading them onward. My crops were devastated, and even myhome
was invaded by them!" Such is the tale told me by Beechel
Kire, along-time Britain farmer and rancher, as I surveyed
the damage wrought by thehorde which had, strangely, but thankfully
enough, retreated back into the darkforest whence they came.
The bodies of the grimy creatures lay in stinking heaps among
what were cabbagehills and rows of onions in the well-tended
fields west of the city. Beechel'swas one among many of the
farmlands ravaged by the swarm. Fields adjacent to hiswere
no less subject to their depredations, and at least one farmhand
was killedfrom wounds inflicted by multiple bites of the creatures,
or by one of theratmen accompanying them, it is not known
which. If this kind of devastationcontinues, there will be
a shortage and what vegetables we do see will likely beimported
from Yew or Skara Brae farms, something Britain farmers, if
notconsumers, will be saddened to see.
"'Twas almost as if it were an expedition of sorts...
or a foraging partyof some kind. When examining the corpses,
we found unusual amounts of gold anditems upon them, stored
in their mouths, uneaten, like packrats hauling it awayfor
storage or something! Gold coins were even recovered from
their oversizedjaws... and what a rat would want with gold
is beyond me!" Beechel went onto say. Indeed, this does
not appear to be any usual vermin infestation, but onethat
may have something more behind it. Worst of all, this one
raid may not bethe end, but a beginning.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online,