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The Stench of Evil
A new terror has been unearthed in the land. Warriors whisper to each other in hushed tones about a new dungeon. The sages call it Khaldun, but to warriors it is known as a place of terror. Today the spotlight looks at one warrior's tale of horror and discovery.

"Let me introduce myself. My name is Plague and I am a warrior who enjoys seeing new and interesting things, now what I am about to tell you is in the hope that you will figure out what I failed to do my first time in this strange place.
"It had been a long day and was ready for rest when a my good friend Nirot invited me to join him in Khaldun. I figures why not, could be interesting, nothing like a bit of adventuring and exploring unknown places.

"I heard many rumors over the day of what this place held but nothing could prepare me for what I was about to encounter.

"Upon entering through quite a small hole in the mountain side we were hit by the stench of pure evil, and the smell of the undead.

"As we began to explore this strange looking place, Nirot started to tell me what to look out for and what not to attack up close. Seeing as he was a great explorer, and full of tactical knowledge I listened to every word he told me with out missing a single letter.

"We ran into many things that you don't want to meet alone, but with Nirot's trusty White Wrym Hangman, we conquered everything that tried to slay us.

"It wasn't only these monsters that made me curious, I had heard that many secrets might be lingering throughout the walls of this dungeon, so I decided to pay more attention to what was around, which was when I noticed a small statue which looked to be in the form of a bird of some kind. Now to any normal person walking by this might just be your average statue, or even the chance to try and make a bit of gold selling it.

"Something did not seem right about the statue, so slowly myself and Nirot walked over and I gently gripped the statue in an attempt to maybe move it, so with a slow careful push the statue moved around slightly and a strange noise started to come from the top of the steps behind it. Quickly we both jumped back ready to engage anything that appeared, but all that arose was a coffin, but still with a fixed glare on the lid of the coffin we started to examine what had just arisen from the floor.

"A few minutes passed, when I decided to lean over the lid and see what I could find. Preparing my self for the lid of the coffin to open at any moment I wiped the dust from the lid were I saw a faint inscription inscribed onto the coffin. Slowly I read aloud so Nirot could hear, and this is what I read; 'For He Who Walks The Path Of Darkness All Is Revealed'.

"A strange inscription indeed, so we decided to try a few things but nothing worked. The only other conclusion we could come to was that we didn't fit the description, '....He Who Walks The Path Of Darkness......'. Being kind and helpful adventurers and warriors we figured only a person with a black heart could walk beyond the point we had found, so we decided to walk away in hope that someday, someone would be able to help us find what is to be revealed, but while we walked I could not help thinking of what else this place held beyond it's deepest, darkest depths, and which brave warriors would write history in finding Khaldun's most hidden secrets."

Plague of Europa

Do you think yourself brave enough to explore this new dungeon? Glory and exploration await.

It is with pleasure that we present these tales of your communities and adventures in Ultima Online. Please join again next week as we share another of the many stories of Britannia that you have created. Join us next week as we continue our spotlight on tales of your adventures and accomplishments. Please keep an eye on FYI for new spotlight topics!

Published: October 2000
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