April 2011

Mirendel’s First Easter

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on April 22, 2011 at 2:55 AM CDT

Mirendel’s First EasterOriginally posted April 21st, 2011 by EM Elizabella on the Great Lakes EM Site:

Starting April 24th, ask Princess Mirendel or Kazola about Easter. Princess Mirendel can be found in Trammel in her playpen behind Castle Britannia. Kazola can be found in Felucca at her tavern, which is southeast of the Yew moongate, at 72° 52′N, 31° 38′W. You will have at least a week to do this quest and it can be started at any time.

UPDATE: This event will last through May 7th.

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Dragon Vigilance (EM Fiction)

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on April 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM CDT

Princess MirendelOriginally posted April 18th, 2011 by EM Malachi on the Great Lakes EM Site:


Adelais searched the ruins of Cherisanth’s lair for some clue to where the Crimson dragon’s egg had gone.  As he’d expected, the worried Platinum didn’t find more than cinders. Mirendel’s unpredictable, fledgling magic had sent the egg away, saving it from Cherisanth’s final spite.

Adelais sensed danger, and swiftly took to the air. The Platinum’s eyes narrowed, scanning the ground below. Desert sands stretched for miles from the cliff lair. He circled a few times, but there was nothing to see. The immediate threat was gone.

The Crimson who had replaced Crimex was not powerful enough to have defeated the elder alone. Whoever was involved was likely now searching for the egg as well. Adelais knew he must find it first.


Aenvral looked on fondly as his small cousin slumbered. Mirendel slept on her treasures, a pile of worn coins and glittering trinkets. The hoard didn’t seem worthy of a dragon princess, but Mirendel was very proud of it. She had told him the stories behind each piece from “Not a moat fishy” to “The button Sherry found.” The castle would remain her home for now.

There had been new debate. The response of his Platinum kin had ranged from worry to anger when Aenvral told them of the missing Crimson egg. Aenvral understood their fears, but he was more optimistic. Mirendel’s babble with the Crimson egg was probably the longest conversation between the rival wyrms in hundreds of years.

The Synod had unanimously decided to send out search parties. The Torn Wings, elders who bore scars from conflicts with the Crimsons, remained silent in this debate. They quickly disappeared at the Synod’s adjournment. Aenvral knew what would happen if they found the egg first.


Xylosma, the Silent Watcher, sat vigil on the Isle of the Divide. The scarred Platinum waited for Malas to crumble into the Void. Each small stone lost to the sea of stars was a grain of sand in that hourglass.

A change in the wind warned her of a more immediate concern. She turned her head toward a faint blur, distant in the Void. Her great draconic eyes focused, seeing the first twinkling light of so many. The voices came next:

“Xtvxy. Yly. Xxmp xvs kk ky r!”

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Player Talent Highlight

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on April 19, 2011 at 4:45 PM CDT

Pallette & BrushOriginally posted April 18th, 2011 by an EM on the Great Lakes EM Site:

Ultima Online is proud to have the players it does, and we know that among you are people with extremely promising and creative talents. This being the case we are proud to announce that we will be highlighting players’ creative talents using the www.uoherald.com site to display submissions from you, our players! For the month of June, we’ll be highlighting those of you are skilled at drawing, sketching, vector art, digital art, and paintings. Submissions that adhere to the following rules will be accepted and put in a gallery for viewing at the UOHerald website. So get those brushes and pens out, dust off your tablets and canvas, and put your imaginations into high gear!

1. All submissions must be made to your primary play shard’s EMs, via email as an attachment. For Great Lakes, email EM Elizabella and EM Malachi.

2. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM CDT, June 30th 2011.

3. Submissions must be related to Ultima Online; please include a brief description of what your work is depicting in case there is any confusion.

4. Submissions must be made by a valid email address so if there are any issues, correspondence can be initiated.

5. No submissions will be accepted containing content inappropriate for a PG-13 movie. (Ultima Online is rated T and submissions should reflect that.)

6. Submissions must include the name by which you wish to be recognized for your submission.

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Festival of the Grape Harvest

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on April 12, 2011 at 10:06 PM CDT
EM Updates

Originally posted April 12th, 2011 by EM Elizabella on the Great Lakes EM Site:

Friday, April 15th, at 8 p.m. CDT the Felucca Yew Abbey is planning to hold a Festival of the Grape Harvest, but they’ve been besieged by thieves! Help the monks, help the thieves, or just show up to get drunk!

If you’re attending as a thief, it’s advisable to have at least 100 stealing.

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Excerpts from the latest edition of BNN…

Submitted by UO_Herald on April 8, 2011 at 4:28 PM CDT

Originally posted 8 Apr 2011 11:02:18 EST by Mark Steelman on the UO Herald:

Virtuebane Defeated!

In a daring attack against the Bane Chosen encampment on Magincia, Britannian forces succeeded in driving Virtuebane back to his shard and destroying the portal that allowed him to cross over.  Many brave adventurers died in reclaiming that tortured land but many more are now safe because of their efforts.

We caught up with Lieutenant Dan, a young soldier just back from the Magincia campaign.  This is what he had to say:

“Well, the Captain told us that we had to get it done or Virtuebane was going to use the crystal to destroy the world, so we just went and did the best we could.”

We here at BNN have pieced together a rough account of the events that led to this fateful day, and pray that you will forgive your humble correspondents if our records err:

The crystal referred to by Lt. Dan was none other than the fabled Crystal of Duplicity.  Rumored to have been conjured by the legendary mage Nystul during the creation of Trammel, this powerful artifact has been stolen more frequently than a rusty old key.  Reportedly, Minax absconded with it from Magincia and used it to invade Trammel.  Lord British defeated her and, recovering the crystal, hid it in the royal castle.  Several years ago Virtuebane destroyed Magincia trying to find it, not realizing it was previously stolen.  Finally last year it re-surfaced from its hiding place in the castle, leading to a second attempt of Virtuebane to claim his prize.

To read the full article on the forums, click HERE.

Council of Ghosts

Submitted by Martyna_Zmuir on April 7, 2011 at 12:31 AM CDT

Originally posted April 6th, 2011 by EM Elizabella on the Great Lakes EM Site:

We’d like to meet with Felucca players to discuss events on that facet. Please come as a ghost so we can all focus on the discussion. It will be at Kazola’s, which is east of the Yew moongate, at 72° 52′N, 31° 38′W, at 4pm CDT on April 9th. Gates will open near the Brit. and Buc’s Den moongates.

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