I write this with the preface that no fiction has yet been released for the upcoming Ophidian vs. Bane event... but there's already some lingering doubt about how, in character, this event is going to make sense with regard to the role my characters play in the game world. First, we're clearly choosing between two sides: The Ophidians, or the Bane. Now, clearly, the Ophidians have been an aggressive force both in terms of UO:T2A as well as in more recent terms re: their invasion. So one might tag them as the side Britannians would not side with. But then... we have the Bane. And while not much is known about them, it is known that through the use of Blackrock (Crystalline, it seems), Bane Dragons (which I presume are modified swamp dragons) are created. Now, yes, there have been some "good" uses for Blackrock (sidenote: still waiting for stuff like craftable armor and weapons like UIX or some other use for the little pieces that are easily mined), but defiling a living being by feeding it the stuff doesn't ring in as "particularly good." Sort of like feeding plutonium to your dog. And thus, one might also tag them as the side Britannians would not side with. Further, I keep reminding myself that when the Lost Lands were found by Crawworth, that my first encounter with the Ophidians near the Terathan fort left me in awe both at the power of the Ophidians (they were nasty mothers back then), and at the war that was obviously in progress between them and the Terathans. Which leaves me with one stark question that has been bothering me since Ricardo stole the Artificed Scion. Where in the world have the Terathans been during all of this? I mean, the Terathans, by all in-game evidence, are the mortal enemies of the Ophidians, and yet they don't seem to be keeping tabs on them. Of course, I also confess that (prior to the Ultimate Destruction of the UO Map Known as Kingdom Reborn that redrew certain areas poorly -- can you say "Hedge Maze?" -- I knew you could) when I got really deep into the Terathan Fort and found the far recesses where there used to be a bamboo ladder leading up that -- sadly -- led nowhere, and it was surrounded by Ophidians, I often felt that there was an extension of the dungeon that must lead to somewhere near the Ophidians. Much like the second level of Khaldun, that addition to the dungeon does not exist, and now that the bamboo ladder has been wiped out by the KR map redraw, it surely never will. But, back to the main topic, tossing the Terathans aside (especially since they're apparently holed up in their fort), the Ophidian/Bane thing doesn't make sense contextually... I've got the choice of two sides, neither of which are good. Neither of which seem to present what I would call a Virtuous choice in siding with. And so I wonder why the arc is being called "In the Shadow of Virtue." One might think that with the forthcoming rebuild of Magincia, and the other things that could be going on (ie: siding with Crag or Dan), that virtuous choices would be rewarded and/or be made present. Again, I understand that the fiction for this part of the arc isn't out yet, but... I'm definitely concerned about context.