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[UO Herald] The Awakening Act VIII - Part 2

Discussion in 'UHall' started by UO News, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. UO News

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    Written by the EM Team
    Looking out over the water from his balcony, Lord Blackthorn steepled his fingers in front of his face. It had been a long time since he’d seen these waters and had the chance to enjoy the gentle movements caused by the current, and he savored it. Heckles had certainly done a good job of having the place repaired, and even had it furnished the way that he himself likely would have. Looking to the left, he glanced at the travel chess set he’d carried with him all this time, and once again his thoughts started to drift back towards simpler days…though this thought brought a bit of a wry grin to his face. They only seemed like simpler days in retrospect, of course…at the time they were every bit as complex and difficult as these days were.
    Rising, he began to stroll through the castle, taking stock of the place and its vast array of rooms. There was no doubt that he’d need to hire on some of the townspeople to staff the place; he chuckled to himself and hoped that Heckles hadn’t completely emptied his treasury for the castle. It felt good to once again be in the city of Britain…and it felt even better that finally, things seemed to be on the road to redemption. The Honor moongate had been fixed, the rioters almost all quelled, the nobles sated, and Exodus routed…despite the progress though, there had always been one person that Lord Blackthorn had hoped against hope he’d have had a chance to see again.
    Leaving behind his castle, he walked through the streets, many recognizing and greeting him, and being stopped by a traveling gargoyle who insisted on thanking him many times for healing his sister who had come down with the plague. Once he’d managed to slip away without taking any sort of gift, he finally came to the gates, locked still after the riots he’d been told about. His hand clasped around the cold metal and he peered through the gates towards his old friends castle, staring at the untended garden and foliage. He wondered for a moment if he’d ever see him again…but then he’d had the same thoughts during his imprisonment of ever seeing the city, and that had come true.
    Turning, he headed on his way back to his own castle, and coalesced his thoughts into a purpose. Whether or not he would ever see his friend in these lands again and get a chance to match wits against him once more, he would make sure that it was a land worth returning to, and one which he could come back and be proud of. It had been too long in this land since the name of Blackthorn was associated away from the dark and terrible legacy that his mechanical surrogate had left, and it would be a long road to the final redemption…but he intended to walk it for as long as he could.
    It had been longer than Dupre could remember since he needed to polish his armor for ceremonial reasons. Still, he believed that this was the right course, and the only way for Britannia to advance. He sat back to look at the armor, gleaming in the glow of the torchlight. It was as good as it would ever get…and a smile came to his face as he looked over to the other perfectly polished and shining object in the room. He set the armor down and approached it, lifting it up and holding it in one hand. It was made of fine metal, and almost…delicate. Still, Dupre could feel the weight of the crown in his hand, and he didn’t envy Blackthorn to wear it. He wondered what Cantabrigian would have to say about this turn of events, and chuckled softly to himself, gathering up his things and preparing for the trek to Britain.

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  2. Viquire

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    Chaos, reigns. :D
     
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    All hail Lord Blackthorn, king of Sosaria!
     
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    And will we have that "Special Guest" crown him? Will we see the one himself, Lord British back in his castle for that inauguration? hmmmmmm
     
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    That would be awesome beyond belief. I'd be floored if it happened.
    But for now, I will be quite happy that we have a worthy king again. :D
     
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    Yeah me too, but still I dream, lol.
     
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    Noooooo!!! They said I was crazy in this thread
     
  8. BeaIank

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    Hmm. Starr Long used to play Lord Blackthorn in Ultima Online...
    Maybe he is the secret guest afterall.
     
  9. startle

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    Yes, yes, yes... ^^^^^^^^^^^
     
  10. Ashlynn_L

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    The people will not stand for this. All this obfuscation over doubles and dopplegangers! We remember the Juka invasions!

    Err, I mean long live the king. For now.
     
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    There's only one worthy.

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    LOL, Woodsman!
    Peasant: Oo are yew, then?
    Dupre: I am your King!
    Peasant: Well, I didn't vote for you. *scowls*

    ...

    Peasant: Help, help, I'm bein repressed. Oh, did you see that? Now we see the violence inherent in the system!
    Dupre:Bloody peasant.
     
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    Sir Dupre, worthy?
    Oh yes, he his worthy. Worthy a great night at the tavern drinking wine, feasting, singing and being merry. A very worthy and warm company for the night. *sigh* If only.
    But the womanizer, drunkard Sir Dupre is not king material. :p
     
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    Am I the only one who thinks he looks like Chuck Norris?
     
  15. Miri of Sonoma

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    My whole life in Britannia I have only heard of the dark, evil Lord Blackthorn, enemy of our true king Lord British. I am now supposed to believe he has changed and is worthy to be my king? He will have to prove himself before he gets my allegiance.
     
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    True. Shamino is more brave I think. At least he's sober. :)
     
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  17. Specialshoes

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    Annnnnnnd I was wrong. It was Starr Long
     
  18. Ludes

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    Agreed.. considering Blackthorns history I can't see why anyone would want him to be king.

    Go back and watch the opening movie for U9 again.. That's a king?
     
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    Perhaps we should start a resistance if he is crowned king?
     
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    I'm down.
     
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    Too late for me. I have pledged alliance to the Lord Blackthorn, true king of Sosaria, even before he was back to claim the throne. :p
     
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    This cant be - there is only one King, and theat LB - i will not accept Blackthorn to be my King - Fire and Riot!
     
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    Regarding Blackthorn.

    I can't speak for the other shards, but on Great Lakes the Event Moderators have made Blackthorn look really cool. He was reasonable, responsible, did what had to be done, and, to my surprise, easily won over Galen the character, who was extremely skeptical.

    Don't use Ultima 9 as your examples, please. Remember that UO Split off from the main Ultima universe following Ultima I. Since then, major events in UO have followed the main Ultima world (called "Ultima Prime") but only very loosely. Ultima 5 had the evil Blackthorn, but we played through those events with a different character, Casca, playing the role of the evil and corrupt King.

    BT was never evil in UO until his corruption by Exodus. And even that corrupt BT UO from some years back has been shown in the fiction to have been a doppelganger. On some shards, again I single out Great Lakes, the EMs have taken steps to make sure we know this in-character and on-stage.

    -Galen's player
     
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    The Frarc's will never accept Blackthorn as king!
     
  25. Basara

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    I told you all.... BTW, they told Starr that he was welcome to actually BE Blackthorn for some events, which was something he was really enthused about. It won't be often, though.

    And, since his most recent work includes Club Penguin over at Disney, I pulled an apple out of my pocket, and said something to the effect, "Lord Blackthorn, in honor of your coronation, your coworkers at Disney sent over this gift from Queen Malicifent... I don't think it would be wise to accept it though." He got a good laugh out of it.
     
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    Technically Blackthorn isn't evil in Ultima V either, he's corrupted by the Shadowlords, and the books that come with the game make it quite clear that he took the throne because British deeply respected him; hence the pathos of his fall, and considerably forgiving fate at the end of the game...

    Still, Blackthorn follows his own interpretation, Chaos, not the Virtues as British and Britannia knows, so whilst I may respect our new King, I will not entirely follow his path.