Within the last several days several developments
have occurred regarding the mage Artarion, his apparent ally Ventryn,
and others connected to the spreading evil that originated in Yew. For
those unfamiliar, Artarion is a capable mage who has been utilizing a
mysterious power in an attempt to destroy Yew and those who inhabit the
city and the surrounding areas. The definite source of Artarion's power
is unknown, but suspicion seems to be that another more powerful individual
gave the power to Artarion. Most believe that Artarion is utilizing this
power to strike at those chosen by his master.
A few months ago, mysterious crystals were placed at five locations by
Artarion himself. These crystals are referred to by most as Conversion
crystals and apparently are receiver crystals, receiving energy from a
master crystal which is located within the Lair of Ventryn in Felucca.
Supposedly the energy can be used to command large armies against the
This energy has been witnessed over the past several weeks, although most
noticeably just a few days ago. The Shadowmoor Village, the Knights of
Yew Aegis, The Purple Guardians of Honor Castle Olympus, Winterfell Keep
and the Covenant Manor all are home to the unwelcome crystals. According
to reports, Artarion utilized the energy of the master crystal to attack
all locations simultaneously. Fire creatures, most unusual creatures that
were deemed as blistering wyverns and fire fiends by those witnessing
the onslaught, targeted the Shadowmoor Village. Ice creatures attacked
the Aegis and witnesses report a type of frost drake assisting in the
siege against the defenders. An army of Orcs and Ettins set upon the occupants
of Castle Olympus, commanded by Orc Shamans and Ettin Warlords. Winterfell
Keep apparently continues their familiarity with the undead, with skeletal
sorcerers leading the army against them. The Covenant Manor defended against
both giant spiders and scorpions with an especially vile species of spiders
taking part in the assault against them.
took place for over an hour in most locations, according to eyewitness
reports. Just as defenders thought that the battle was over, another wave
of creatures would set upon them, the Conversion crystal likely responsible
for the severity of the assault - although the master crystal does appear
to have a limited amount of energy before it must lay dormant and recharge
itself. After the crystal appeared to be drained from the assault, Xenthyl
the Phantom manifested at each location and organized a gathering within
Shadowmoor Village. From there Xenthyl explained that during the assaults
he had located Ventryn, who was likely responsible for the construction
of the Conversion crystals and the attacks. Xenthyl then directed the
defenders to Ventryn's Lair in Felucca. There the defenders hoped to capture
Ventryn and take him into custody to await an eventual trial to determine
whether he was indeed responsible for the attacks against multiple locations.
indeed found within his Lair, apparently severely beaten and unconscious,
slumped over in his throne. Those gathered attempted to rouse him, but
to no avail. A few individuals reportedly took the liberty of placing
Ventryn's wounded body on horseback to transport him back to the Trammel
facet, while others tended to the open wounds along his forehead. Once
the group returned to Trammel, Ventryn was apparently conscious and able
to discuss his whereabouts. However, Ventryn supposedly remembers little,
but seems to recall two individuals who used the power of an unknown staff
against him. Other than those few details, Ventryn remembers little else
but claims no responsibility for the Conversion crystals or the recent
attacks and denies any alliance to Artarion or anyone else. Until the
trial, Ventryn will remain captive and heavily guarded within a prison
cell in Shadowmoor Village.
myself, are skeptical that Ventryn is not responsible for the recent attacks.
Those who remember Ventryn are well aware of his past as a lich, bent
on revenge against those who wronged him long ago. Most believe Ventryn
to be one of the most deceiving and manipulative individuals alive, despite
the fact that he apparently was redeemed nearly a year ago. Although at
this point no definitive judgment can be made until the planned trial.
Evidence is still being gathered to prepare a legitimate case against
Ventryn. As soon as a date and time are announced for the public trial,
I will make immediate mention of it.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Tuesday, February