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[NEWS]My Soul and Mine Heart, Pierced by Cupid’s Dart

Discussion in 'UO White Stag Inn' started by Merci d'Rue, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Merci d'Rue

    Merci d'Rue Guest

    Through darkness and despair
    Looking for Thee, Mondain
    Alas, but in vain
    My soul and mine heart
    Pierced by Cupid's dart
    Will never heal
    Without Mondain's will
    Love is a desolate land
    Unless Thou, Mondain
    Takest me by the hand
    To thy youth fountain
    -- Minax ​


    Tis often true that we cannot foresee the arrival of cupids tell-tale arrow. Love and relationships are an ever present part of Ultima Role-play. Lore itself has given us many notable figures and infused their loves stories, good and bad into our world. Let us begin with one of the most famous and if not most notorious love affairs, Mondain and Minax. It is said that she, his young apprentice fell in love with him, enamored with abilities and skill in the dark arts of magic. Minax was known for her never-ending passion, a passion that leads her to try to destroy our existence as well as that of other worlds. As the poem states above ever pining for her lost love.


    The climax was the devastation of 2111, Minax's greatest triumph, when ancient civilizations born of love and beauty, wisdom and reason, turned on one another in hatred and destroyed most of the very earth that had nurtured them. If it were not for the time doors, we would not be here now. Only the ability to move in time enabled any living thing to survive..."
    -- From the writings of Lord British

    Yet let us not only focus on the Notorious. There have been many great love affairs that are pure and true. Couples of great virtue that filled the hearts of Sosaria , let us look at Iolo and Gwenno. The love of a simple bard/bowmaker and his talented wife, they changed the tides of strife in Sosaria. Iolo’s song “Stones” still plays on many of the music box’s in Sosaria’s taverns to this day.

    Iolo so in love with his wife, erected this monument in her memory:

    All of this leads us to inspiration and idea, Love a prominent feature in Lore and role-play is often expressed in many fashions. It transcends the beliefs of good and evil and lives in its own world. The unknown hit of cupids bow, striking our characters whether they be sitting quietly at a tavern or bustling thru a crowded marketplace.

    So as cupids’ day of terror draws ever closer and we find ourselves with partner or not, let these ideals lead you to quiet stream of peace or sinful terrace in a tavern. Let us find the time to share a sweetened smile of love or a dark seductive look of passion…

    Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all!

    Reporters Note:

    For more information on Minax & Mondain see the following references:
    Drawing and artist (Ceruleus)can be found here:
    File:Minax manga.jpg - UOGuide, the Ultima Online encyclopedia
    Minax (Ultima) - UOGuide, the Ultima Online encyclopedia
    Minax - The Codex of Editable Wisdom, a Wikia wiki for Ultima and Ultima Online
    Mondain - UOGuide, the Ultima Online encyclopedia

    For more information regarding Iolo and Gwenno:
    Gwenno - UOGuide, the Ultima Online encyclopedia
    Iolo - UOGuide, the Ultima Online encyclopedia
  2. Bianca_CoD

    Bianca_CoD Sage
    Stratics Veteran CoD

    Sep 14, 2010
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    Thank you Merci for this wonderful article as well as including the reference links... something we should all get used to! :)
  3. WarderDragon

    WarderDragon Babbling Loonie
    Stratics Veteran Alumni BRPA

    Oct 9, 2008
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    Your piece reminded me of this tale.

    Disruption of Ether: Prologue.

    It is a scene involving Mondain and Minax written from the perspective of the Dark Enchantress.