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[UO Herald] The Awakening – Act IV Part 2

Discussion in 'UHall' started by UO News, May 11, 2012.

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    Written by the EM Team
    It hadn’t ever seemed like such a long journey from Ver Lor Reg to the moongate before, but their group had never been so haggard either. As the humans in Ilshenar had increased in numbers the strain on the city of Ver Lor Reg had grown to the point that it was no longer sustainable for some of the businesses and families. Prices had increased to the point that many of the gargoyles who’d lived there for ages could no longer afford to remain. Queen Zhah’s offer had tempted many away, and even some of the town guards had taken it up and left. With the pressure of the humans in the desert sifting and drawing in monsters of all sorts, combined with the opening into Exodus dungeon emitting the mechanical monsters regularly, the situation had quickly started devolving.
    Vas-Wen helped to drag along one of her fellow gargoyles as they made their way through the desert towards the moongate, with a gargoyle child in her other arm. The few among them with weapons were tasked with clearing a path through the dangerous areas. She was one of the few who had managed to escape uninjured when the end had started, and now she was doing everything she could to help her fellow gargoyles get away from what was left of their once glorious and beautiful city. It had just happened so fast, it still all seemed like a dream…
    A crashing noise awoke her from slumber, causing her to bolt upright in the stone bed. Assuming someone had dropped something, she rolled over in an attempt to sleep but not before another, much louder, crash broke her attempt. A moment later a sparking and hissing monstrosity was flung through the open archway, and a guard quickly dashed in after it, burying his spear deep into the creature and ripping out it’s mechanized guts as the whine of its engine finally ceased. Vas-Wen clutched at her nightclothes as she looked to the guard, whose breathing she could now tell was ragged and from whom blood flowed freely onto the floor. The guard looked to her with a startled visage. “This area was supposed to already be cleared! Get out of here and head for the gate, and if you know how to fight, arm yourself!” With that the guard rushed out into the street once more. Warily, she stepped through the stone archway from whence the guard had just come.
    Ver Lor Reg was in chaos. The scents of burning oil and reagents clung heavily in the air, and the sickening essence of blood followed it like a chaser. Screams and clashing weapons rang throughout the entirety of the city, and to the west she could see guards clashing with Overseers, Minions, and even those once thought extinct Minion Lords. She could see that there was no way the outnumbered force could hold the mechanized monsters at bay, and they were in a fighting retreat. Hearing a cry in a nearby home she realized with dread that it was that of a child. Without even thinking, she sprinted towards the building, bursting into the open archway in time to see a juggernaut enclosing upon a lone gargish child. With a roar of fury she didn’t even know she could make, Vas-Wen leapt on top of the creature and raked its exposed human parts until she reached its throat, and dug her talons into it. The mixed spray of blood and alchemical fluid that powered the monstrosity quickly seeped into the creatures exposed circuitry and it cast out arcs of lightning through its body until the creature slumped and its drill finally grinded to a halt.
    She quickly moved forward to the child and took him up in her arms, heading past the defunct creature even as a much more vicious looking version of the one she’d killed smashed through the wall and into the building. The massive drill attached to it whirred with blurring speed and wailed like the sound of a dragon’s claws upon stone. With a flap of her wings she threw herself through the doorway as the structure collapsed, feeling strong hands help her up as she joined the retreat, hoping she never saw one of these creatures ever again…
    As she’d thought back to what had just happened, they finally reached the moongate and stepped through. Exiting into the sunlight of Ter Mur they were spotted by one of the Ter Mur gargoyles who immediately sent out a wave of alarm, though amidst his shouts he had to pause to cough a few times. As the healers and envoys rushed out of the city to attend to their brethren from Ver Lor Reg, Vas-Wen could only watch and wish she could do more.
    “For your contributions and your dedication to the city, as well as in removing and assisting in the detention of threats both domestic and foreign, it is the decision of this body that you be recognized as a Baron of the city of Trinsic. Congratulations and we hope that you will serve well.” The assembled men and women applauded as the brief ceremony concluded, and the newest Baron was named. Despite the hardships they’d endured, not everyone was finding this to be the worst of times, and the merchants of Trinsic had banded together as had those of several other cities. With trading and most of the means of survival in their hands with many of the former nobles ousted by the angry people, the merchants had been able to seize power, and were now in a state of de facto control. While this worked out well for them, not everyone was so pleased with it, one of them being the man who watched what he viewed as a farcical ceremony from a balcony overlooking the inner courtyard.
    Stroking his goatee for a moment, the man turned to his servant that was with him, scanning his face for his thoughts on the matter. After but a few seconds he broke the silence and spoke to him. “Tell me, Clancy, what do you think of merchants assuming the role of lauded council?” Unmistakable sarcasm dripped with every word he spoke.
    Clancy frowned for a moment and just shook his head. “Lord Archus, I do not think it bodes well for the future of our fair city.”
    Lord Archus turned back to look down upon the gathered and then did an about face, his cloak hovering just above the floor. “As much as it bothers me, I fear it is not the primary concern at the moment. I’ve been trying to decide what is possible to do about the situation that’s occurred in Ver Lor Reg. After receiving word of the hardships they are facing I’ve come to my decision. Come with me, and we shall see if the expensive favors I burned have borne the fruit that I need and brought me the only messenger that might be able to get through to him…”
    The unmistakable sound of valorite clashing against verite, of iron against copper, and bronze against agapite rang throughout the battlefield. A fierce contingent of knights backed up by a scant few mages were doing their best to fight off every attack thrown at them by the wild beasts and assassins that beset upon them, even while necromancers did their best to level the field anytime the knights started to make headway.
    A rallying cry shot up as a man in gleaming, polished armor charged into the front lines, a banner flapping violently against the wind from the horses back as he threw himself into the fray. His helmet was adorned on either side with a battered but clear crest, that of a deep violet chalice. Dazzling sword strokes and parries were flung against the enemy combatants, causing the beastmasters, poisoners, and necromancers formation to quickly crumble. Even as the line advanced the scavengers were already starting to populate the battlefield, rats and crows finding those bodies not already used up from the foul magicks being used. Amidst the noise of battle and the intensity of the fighting, an abnormally behaving mouse was never noticed.
    The leader of the knights shouted out for one last surge, and he dismounted as a fireball lanced out and took his steed upon its flank. On foot he closed the distance between himself and the one who appeared to be his opposite number amongst the enemy forces, and quickly brought his blade to bear against her. With a vicious snarl the woman raised a kryss to block, and they locked blades for but a moment before he managed to bring his shield to bear, and bashed her with it. In a single motion she brought a potion to her lips, ripped the cork out and drank it, and with an invigorated look she motioned for the plate armored knight to come at her. Both of them fought on even as their armies continued to battle, until finally the knight managed to gain the upper hand and knocked her to the ground. Hefting one of his plate armored boots onto her sternum he leveled his sword to her face.
    "If you know where she is, tell me, and I will serve the virtue of Compassion over Justice today. If you don’t, then I hope your last words are worth it.”
    The woman glared daggers at him, a bloody mouthed smile playing across her lips that was devoid of anything resembling warmth as she coughed out her answer. “She’s beyond your reach, Knight-Errant. And she’s beyond your power too. Your little kingdom is crumbling at the seams and we’ll be there to pick up the pieces when…”
    Her response was cut short as the knight drew his sword back and silenced her forever. Without a word he turned from her body, surveying the scene before him; those enemy forces still alive were now in full retreat, and most of his forces were walking, if not unwounded. He slashed the blood from his blade and slid it home into its sheath at his waist as he approached his lieutenants, but was stopped as a peculiar rodent ran across the battlefield to him. As he saw her, he doffed his helmet and shook out the sweat from his raven locks, before kneeling to pick up an old friend.
    “You are the last I expected to see in these lands, Sherry. I can only assume that it’s of dire importance.”
    The knights voice still had a sonorous quality to it, one that brought a touch of familiarity that Sherry had found less and less of amongst others of late, and she made a silent thanks that at least here something hadn’t changed.
    “Lord Dupre, it’s about the current state of…”
    Reaching a plate gloved hand up he rubbed at his temples lightly for a moment before he held that same hand out in a gesture of asking her to halt. “For you, it’s simply Dupre. But come, I fear this is the kind of talk I won’t be able to handle if I don’t have access to a drink. I promise to only get you the finest of delicacies to nibble on as well.” With that having been said, he gathered up the reins of his steed and waited for one of his mages to provide them with a gate, and stepped through it with Sherry the Mouse in one arm…

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  2. Ron Silverbeard

    Ron Silverbeard Certifiable Staff Alumnus

    Yo, Dupre, lets rock and roll!
  3. Frarc

    Frarc Stratics Legend Stratics Veteran Staff Alumnus Stratics Legend

  4. Ron Silverbeard

    Ron Silverbeard Certifiable Staff Alumnus

    Tell you, da.old guys will all have a return....we will see British back again too...i bet
  5. BeaIank

    BeaIank Slightly Crazed Premium

    Close all Jhelom's taverns!
    Sir Dupre is back. :D
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  6. Airhaun

    Airhaun Seasoned Veteran

    Have never been interested in the Lore and Background behind the new and changing events, only the content; but this reading really was interesting. That being said, has anybody noticed any new content that comes along with the release of "The Awakening Act IV Part 2"?
  7. Mirt

    Mirt Certifiable Stratics Veteran

    Dupre returns! This is the best news ever we have the rightful heir to the throne!
  8. Woodsman

    Woodsman Guest

    It's a shame Garriott owns the rights to Lord British, or I would agree with you.

    But still there are plenty of other characters to be brought back. Cool about Dupre.
  9. Ron Silverbeard

    Ron Silverbeard Certifiable Staff Alumnus

    I wonder where Dupre.and Sherry went to all of this years....it must.be 4 or more years since their last apearance in game?
  10. Promathia

    Promathia EM Bennu Fanclub Premium Stratics Veteran

    Sherry has been in game a lot. The story sounds like maybe Dupre was off trying to hunt down Minax? Sounds like it from the following excerpt:

    "If you know where she is, tell me, and I will serve the virtue of Compassion over Justice today. If you don’t, then I hope your last words are worth it.”
    The woman glared daggers at him, a bloody mouthed smile playing across her lips that was devoid of anything resembling warmth as she coughed out her answer. “She’s beyond your reach, Knight-Errant. And she’s beyond your power too. Your little kingdom is crumbling at the seams and we’ll be there to pick up the pieces when…”
  11. MalagAste

    MalagAste Belaern d'Zhaunil Premium Governor Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Royal Knight

    Ah Dupre!

    Here's hoping this works and I do apologize this screeny is AGES old and from my old 3d days:

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  12. NuSair

    NuSair Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran

    He's not THAT old- if you follow Ultima lore British and those who came with him from his world age at 1/10th the rate a normal Britiannian does.
  13. Martyna Zmuir

    Martyna Zmuir Crazed Zealot

    They age 1/12th the normal (Sosarian) rate, but thats immaterial.

    Show of hands: Who thinks Dupre will be killed off by the end of September...
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  14. Woodsman

    Woodsman Guest

    They should kill the Gargoyle Queen off instead. Would be a crappy thing to kill off somebody like Dupre at this point - we're not exactly awash in historical UO characters that go back to the Ultima days.
  15. Mirt

    Mirt Certifiable Stratics Veteran

    He better not be!
  16. Martyna Zmuir

    Martyna Zmuir Crazed Zealot

    Role call of Ultima personages... (Taken from official UO fiction, shard-specific sightings are ignored)

    Killed off:
    Julia (killed by the troll G'Thunk)
    Gwenno (Killed exploring Ilshenar)
    Lord Blackthorn (Killed by Dawn)

    Left theSosarian Plane:
    Lord British (off to the Void)
    Nystul (supposedly followed LB)

    Known Living:
    Geoffery (NPC Captain of the Royal Guard)
    Dupre (Act IV, P2)
    Sherry (Act IV, P2)
    Ricardo (Alive at the end of the Virtue Bane arc)
    Chuckles (oblique reference in Act II, P2)
    Time Lord/Hawkwind (Immortal)

    Not heard from in ages:
    Shamino (Not formally seen since the last Exodus arc in 2003)
    Iolo (Not heard from since 2000)
    Mariah (Not heard from since 2001, last seen opposing the formation of the Council of Mages )
    Jaana (Not heard from since 1999)
    Sentri (Unknown)
    Katrina (Unknown)

    (There are a few other Ultima-specific characters in UO, mainly gargoyles, who are still alive.)

    Evils at Large:
    Damn near all of them. We have only successfully killed Lord Blackthorn, the rest were simply banished from the facet they were menacing at the time. This includes: Minax, Exodus, the Shadowlords, Virtue Bane, and Scelestus. The FoA also still exist as an insane variable. *sigh*
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  17. MalagAste

    MalagAste Belaern d'Zhaunil Premium Governor Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Royal Knight

    Marty you forgot Clainin.... DEAD.
  18. Martyna Zmuir

    Martyna Zmuir Crazed Zealot

    Clainin is unique to UO, not a mainline Ultima character.
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  19. Nimuaq

    Nimuaq Lore Master Stratics Veteran

    Not exactly killed, only unconscious:

    and for Gwenno... well.. her sad and sudden demise doesn't have anything to do with the devs. So we can say that the devs did not exactly killed any prime characters from the original Ultima lore apart from Lord Blackthorn.
  20. Martyna Zmuir

    Martyna Zmuir Crazed Zealot

    Yes, well, one generally does not recover from a 'mortal wound,' being that they are fatal and all. Also, since that was 156 years ago in Britannian time, she's either pushing daises or doing a damn good impression of one. :p
  21. Nimuaq

    Nimuaq Lore Master Stratics Veteran

    There is only one survivor from a mortal wound on BNN records:

    I don't know, maybe something like this would help:

  22. Madrid

    Madrid Slightly Crazed Stratics Veteran

    Huzzah Lord Dupre!

    The muscle behind Lord British and the Avatar.

    I will be following the story more intently now that I know we have a real leader in our midst!:cool:
  23. OvenBird

    OvenBird Journeyman

  24. Martyna Zmuir

    Martyna Zmuir Crazed Zealot

    Hehe. But would it help 50 years after she was mortaled? o_O (the mortal wound 12/98, AoS released 2/03)

    More then likely she's considered dead.
  25. Meatbread

    Meatbread Journeyman

    Nah, betcha he ends up King.

    Who are those badguys he's fighting, anyway?
  26. Woodsman

    Woodsman Guest

    They should be edgy and kill.....The Mouse.
  27. Promathia

    Promathia EM Bennu Fanclub Premium Stratics Veteran

    Im going to guess followers of Minax
  28. Martyna Zmuir

    Martyna Zmuir Crazed Zealot

    Indeed. This makes the most sense. Unless its a backdoor way to introduce a new enemy or faction in Fel...
  29. LordDrago

    LordDrago Certifiable

    Maybe if we could amass a large amount of blackrock....
  30. Meatbread

    Meatbread Journeyman

    In that case her last words should have been "wtf speedhacking newb u sux" or something.
  31. BeaIank

    BeaIank Slightly Crazed Premium

    To build a black gate?
    That didn't end well when it was tried the last time. Some ugly, big, red thing almost invaded Sosaria through it. It wasn't pretty.
  32. Meatbread

    Meatbread Journeyman

    By the way OP, way to mess up the formatting. Would it have been too hard to run through and throw in a few extra enters to preserve the break between paragraphs?
  33. Ron Silverbeard

    Ron Silverbeard Certifiable Staff Alumnus

    Dont forget about him:


    Who turned to


    and did NOT know be realy killed since waw undead anyway but banished by:


    "After a short or long time, depending on the shard, Dupre led a charge against Trinsic and managed to free the city from the undeads. The Black Temples were all destroyed, the barricades removed, and Juo'nar was slain. But is it really the end of Juo'nar... ?"
  34. Cear Dallben Dragon

    Cear Dallben Dragon Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Why is there a painting in Castle British called Dupre's Last Stand on Atlantic?
  35. Barok

    Barok Grand Inquisitor Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    The devs killed Dawn, so I wouldn't put it past them to kill off more characters from the old lore.

    They need to clear the slate completely so they can turn UO into World of Ultimascape.
  36. Meatbread

    Meatbread Journeyman

    Dawn always sucked and was invented by some comic book writer in like 2002.
  37. Cirno

    Cirno Purple Pony Princess Stratics Veteran Staff Alumnus

    Are you heckling a machine?
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  38. Woodsman

    Woodsman Guest

    She's not really from the old lore.

    She was named after a city from the old lore but truthfully:
    Yeah, she was invented as a female protagonist and not much more. If Lord British hadn't left, she would probably never have been created for UO.

    I even have the little comic somewhere.
  39. MalagAste

    MalagAste Belaern d'Zhaunil Premium Governor Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Royal Knight

    Um... she was around before British left.... but she was the one who helped kill Blackthorne.... then British came back... and there was Blackthornes funeral.... but I remember Dawn from those days when Yew was turned to swamp. Now I don't know about pre-UO days... that sort of stuff is before my time.

    I have nothing against her...

    Though I would like to see Dupre take the throne.
  40. Woodsman

    Woodsman Guest

    She came along a year or two after Garriott had left OSI/EA (early 2000), taking the Lord British character with him. When she was created, nobody thought Garriott would ever allow the LB character to be used by EA again.

    Everybody thought it was real fishy when LB briefly came back, and it turned out to be fishy, since LB wasn't even played by Garriott during this last return. The rumors I heard at the time was either that EA paid Garriott for the use of LB, or they made some kind of concession relating to the agreements that he or others at OSI had been bound to when they left EA. Whatever the case, I believe Garriott got something he wanted from EA for allowing them to use Lord British once more, because he's pretty protective of that persona. I think it's also telling that he would not play the part.

    I personally thought Dawn was a part of a new lore that was going to break with the original lore and UO characters. Introducing Ilshenar, Killing off Blackthorne, the Age of Shadows crap with Malas, and other things within the few years between Third Dawn -> Age of Shadows, all reinforced my views that there was an effort being made to erase a lot of Ultima lore for one reason or another, or to at least break away from it.
    I think it would be the best outcome.

    It would be highly symbolic for Dawn, a character created specifically for UO, to be killed off to eventually make way for Dupre, a character created within the original Ultima lore.
  41. Woodsman

    Woodsman Guest

    MalagAste You know, if they are trying to get back to actual Ultima lore, and if they can pull of the high resolution EC graphics upgrade, it'll be really good for UO, for bringing players in, both new and UO vets.

    UO has had too much stuff tossed in to make it like other MMORPGs, complete with grinding and itemization over the years, but going back to its roots would be a very wise move at this point. As the Ultima releases on GOG.com showed, and even the Stygian Abyss expansion showed a few years before, there are still a lot of people in love with the original Ultima games, but a lot of them don't bother with UO for various reasons. Modernizing it and bringing back a lot more stuff they recognize could really help.
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  42. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran

    Dawn has really gotten a bum rap over the years, one I argue she in no way deserves. She was a good character, well-conceived but written poorly. (Ranging from the Todd McFarlane comic book's laughable portrayal of the young Dawn playfully saying "Humilitteee!!!!!!!!!" instead of "Humility," to Mark's "Anti-Virtuebane Cannonball.") She ended up in essence taking the blame more for how she was written stylistically than for the character as-seemingly-conceived. By contrast, as played on Great Lakes by the Event Moderators she came across rather well. And indeed, her death indeed inspired what I consider a pretty decent piece of my own fiction (if very much on the short side for me).

    -Galen's player
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  43. LordDrago

    LordDrago Certifiable

    YES!!! That was FUN!!! :D
  44. Martyna Zmuir

    Martyna Zmuir Crazed Zealot

    Dupre...as king...

    *considers a drunken, whoring 400+ year old as king*

    *imagines the mountain of potential political scandals and blackmail*

    *drools over the article possiblities*

    *reconsiders after remembering the last two failed monarchs*

    Erm... I think I'll pass on "King Dupre" for the forseeable future. Dupre has always been more of a sword wielding thug who wasn't really known for his wise, level-headed decision making. Give him a sturdy sword, an army, and point him at Minax...or Exodus...let him do what he does best. Lets include a refresher course in what 'Honor' means, and his own episode of What Not to Wear while we're at it...

    I'd suggest that Shamino, a man who has been a king before, would be the wisest choice. (This assumes that Shamino, who is another of Garriott's alters, isn't unuseable since the acrimonious end of OSI) Barring Shamino, I'd suggest Katrina next, followed by Mariah.

    Just to annoy people, Sherry might be an amusing choice. Get a jewler to make her a tiny crown, then hire a humorless Alfred-like servant to ferry her around on a bejeweled pillow... :p
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  45. Frarc

    Frarc Stratics Legend Stratics Veteran Staff Alumnus Stratics Legend

    i vote for King Frarc! ;)
  46. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah Stratics Veteran

    Ironically, Dupre as King was raised both out-of-character and in-character during the period when Dawn was introduced.

    In the LBR comic book, if I recall correctly, Dupre flat-out said he was not suited to be king.

    -Galen's player
  47. Martyna Zmuir

    Martyna Zmuir Crazed Zealot

    Indeed he did. Page 3, pane 3.

    Dawn was always meant to be Queen, they just never followed it up till 2009.
  48. MalagAste

    MalagAste Belaern d'Zhaunil Premium Governor Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Royal Knight

    I agree Galen that the EM's of GL's did a fair to pretty decent job of endearing Dawn to folk... At this point a decent ruler with the virtues at heart would be a vast improvement.

    Shamino never really gave much thought to.

    And Yes Dupre is in need of what not to wear. Especially what I recall of him... and my screenshot. Though I did warn it was from my old 3rd Dawn days... some of which I miss .... much I don't.
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  49. Woodsman

    Woodsman Guest

    Which is exactly why he needs to be the King.
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  50. Mirt

    Mirt Certifiable Stratics Veteran

    Your exactly right on this Woodsman 100%. Dupre also has the kind of legitmacy that Dawn always lacked. Dupre is one that gets in the mix and has the history.
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