ATLANTIC— The Yew Town Council (YTC) held its first meeting on 19 June 1998, making it one of Atlantic’s oldest organizations. During the first two years of its existence, the YTC developed into a widely-renowned and well-respected establishment. Many of the Council’s governance and organizational practices influenced the foundations of other town councils. Sadly, on 4 May 2000, when the YTC was at the height of its influence, its predominance suddenly began to decline: an abrupt change to the facet system posed a challenge that the YTC was never quite able to adapt to. The YTC was not a guild, but a loose affiliation of likeminded guilds that collaborated to promote Justice, the virtue of Yew, and to encourage the betterment of Yew’s community. When Atlantic was divided into two facets, however, many of these guilds were forced to reexamine their respective missions. As members of the YTC began to evolve, some lost interest in the Council. Moreover, several new guilds began to pose an external threat to the YTC. In light of these changes, the Council’s leadership found it increasingly difficult to hold the community together. Presently, the YTC is only a shadow of its former glory. Despite the YTC’s regression, the Council remains an important part of Atlantic’s history. It’s legacy is a shining example of what many consider the Golden Age of Ultima Online. One of the Council’s central members, SunWolf, is currently working to redevelop the organization. Because of his centrality throughout the organization’s history, I asked him to tell his story of the YTC’s early years. The minutes from the first Yew Town Council meeting can be found here. The minutes from the second meeting can be found here.