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NEWS The Hunt For Kabur

Discussion in 'UO Atlantic' started by Lady Mal, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Lady Mal

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    For a couple days, the criers had been urging us to meet at the Counselor’s Hall in Britain. It seemed there was to be a hunt for the Juka known as Kabur. Abby and I made our way to the hall, joining up with the usual crowd of heroes that came to such gatherings. To my surprise, the meer Captain Dasha appeared before us with news of what was to be done.

    So tell me, Britannians….Is it true that your Lord Blackthorn has returned, and that the abomination my friend Dawn slew was just a doppelganger?” Captain Dasha asked the crowd around her.

    Yes!” So many cried in return.

    Personally I had heard only rumors, and though I had seen Blackthorn and even spoken to him, I was unwilling to just accept it first hand until I had seen more. In my musings, I uttered a sarcastic “So we have heard.” Dasha must have heard my remark, for the next thing from her mouth was asking for clarification of the rumor.

    Yes on both counts, or so you have heard?” She asked.

    Eva, one in the crowd, spoke, “It would seem they are both true.”

    Dasha, seeming somewhat more relaxed, continued.

    That is good…..When I heard that Blackthorn had returned, I was quite fearful, until I heard the other rumor. I think my friend Dawn would have been pleased that it was not the real Blackthorn who attacked you many years ago.”

    Well that would have made her death twice in vain,” I said. Dawn had recently lost her life during the battle against Virtuebane.

    Captain Dasha nodded. “So…I am glad so many of you could come today. As you many have heard, we have found a way, finally, to track my old enemy, Kabur, the former Warlord of the Juka. As you may recall, Kabur has been exiled by his own people, and had taken up with the Mysterious Knights. When Exodus awakened, the timeline was altered in ways we still don’t quite realize. But one of them was to in essence reset, or rebirth, the ambiguous feelings the Juka had about Exodus. When that happened, Kabur, who was associated with Exodus, was considered a disgrace, and exiled. Partly because the Juka came to realize how evil Exodus was, and partly simply because he’d lost. And the Juka do not respect those who lose.”

    Last I heard of him, he was considered an excellent warrior,” I spoke aloud.

    He was…I fought him myself. But Exodus lost.” Dasha continued, “And, thus, Kabur along with him. Myself and the other Meer have finally been able to acquire some leads on where Kabur might be. There are three locations, but truth be told, the path I am sending you on, I think is the correct one. Though he has damaged both of our peoples….. I think he has damaged yours more. Especially since the evidence surfaced suggesting that Kabur, and the Mysterious Knights, were behind at least some of the raids on your cities. You may or may not have noticed that some of the raiders left behind Juka bows.”

    I was somewhat annoyed by the thought of seeking out this Juka, but I knew that Dealthagar would have been eager to have his head as well, seeing as how Kabur had serve Exodus.

    Interesting, but I do recall the decay of Yew,” I quipped, nevertheless.

    A decay that would not have happened, unless the Juka and Exodus had attacked it to begin with,” Dasha argued.

    Or perhaps unless your Eternal had not cast forbidden spells,” I countered. I had already decided to lend her my assistance, but I wanted her to know that some of us had not forgotten about Adranath and his backfired spell so many years ago.

    Captain Dasha sighed, and not pressing that subject further, she continued with the task at hand.

    There is one small catch to tracking down Kabur…. We have reports that he has been infected with the Necromancy that the Mysterious Knights have been using of late.”

    This had just gotten more interesting.

    So, while I would love to have you just kill him, catching him, if not alive, then at least not quite dead, is really the only option available. You must find him, and overcome him in five distinct forms. I have made certain….overtures to his people. They wish to punish him themselves. And there is a very small, but real, chance… That a lasting peace could come between the Meer and the Juka, if Kabur can be beaten down, and I deliver his unconscious, undead form to the Juka.”

    I looked to Abby, “I think you’ll be just fine.” It was a response to an earlier concern she had voiced of whether her skills with necromancy would be useful.

    I take it you are all willing to help with this?” Captain Dasha asked.

    The crowd was roaring with agreement. Even I was interested. Necromancy was involved? Perhaps I would learn some new use of the dark magics.

    I will be gating you to the last known location of his camp. But I suspect strongly you will not be able to engage him there. You will be on your own after this gate….I will go to make arrangements for the gate. Watch for it…And good luck.” Captain Dasha opened a gate and we all poured through.

    We found ourselves at the old blockade in the pass west of Britain. Immediately, we were under fire from renegade Juka. The battle did not take too long, and soon we found a trail of markers left behind by Kabur’s men. It led west into the woods and all the way to Skara, where we found information with the location of their camp.
    A short boat ride later, provided by Queen Arya, and we were at the camp on Iver’s Rounding, an island off the coast of Skara Brae.

    It was protected by more of those renegade Juka, but they proved to be no match for the forces with us. Afterward, yet more information left behind by the foe telling their brethren to regroup at Honesty moongate in Ilshenar. So the battle would lead back to Ilshenar… and more of their outcast juka were guarding that moongate. But they were not alone. Crimson dragons were blasting the terrain to bits and striking our forces down without mercy. Even then, it did not take too long for the mighty wyrms to fall.

    Another clue had us soon heading to the Wisp dungeon. I was beginning to think this Kabur was at the end of his rope. His few men had been no match for our band of warriors, and the dragons seemed to have taken us all for granted. And yet, as we came to the dungeon, Kabur was there!

    He took one look at us, “No…This isn’t possible..” and he turned and ran into the halls of the wisp dungeon.

    Soon after we entered the dungeon, we were engaged in battle with his various forms. One after the other, the different versions of Kabur fell to our might. Alone, Kabur hadn’t been much of a challenge. So easy, I was unable to shake the feeling that we would see him in the future, quite whole and possibly wreaking more havoc against Britannia.

    Captain Dasha soon appeared to collect his remains. She addressed us all.

    Long ago, I fought a duel with Kabur, according to a ritual known as the black duel. If the lasting peace between the Meer and the Juka does indeed come to pass, once I turn over Kabur’s remains, may what you have accomplished today be known as the last black duel. One of your people’s greatest enemies, though not your most obvious, is now at least temporarily out of the picture. When Kabur wakes up in undeath, may his people never lose track of him.” She frowned at the thought of that, but continued.

    So, everyone…..From the Meer, and, I suspect, from your own people as well…. Many, many thanks. I wish you luck against your other enemies.”

    Everyone dispersed and began to head home, and as I left, the days events played themselves over again in my mind and two questions formed.

    Just how many crimson dragons were left, and just when would we see Kabur again?


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  2. Lord Raven

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    Excellent report!

    My Gargoyle friend, Fossergrim participated in the hunt and crafted a number of fine sketches which are now hanging in his gallery.
     
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    Do you have a link to share his gallery with us?
     
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    My apologies, you can use the main gallery address in my signature file or you can visit Fossergrim's gallery using this link:
    EM Event: "The Awakening: The Last Black Duel."

    Note: Some folks prefer the Classic Client graphics and while it's not possible for me to simultaneously take EC/2D screenies, I do try to employ both clients throughout the gallery.
     
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    Thank you for sharing your cool pictures!
     
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    And thank you for sharing your story!

    I gave you a +1 and a Tweet!
     
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