The story continues with Scout Bobby in Midkemia Online.
So I logged in this morning and started prepping for a nice long day of hunting in order to get some gold for the new weapons I need. Whilst wandering around the city I was approached by the mail courier who handed me my day’s mail with a smile and a nod and went about his business while leaving me to mine. Now I was not expecting a letter, least of all the letter that I received and so I checked the seal to see who it was from. Now I had never met the person who the seal belonged to, let alone met her but a quick check of her honors score showed her to be a member of the bastion city in the north, Sar-Sargoth. Those of you who remember my first few blog posts will remember that relations between my city of Krondor and Sar-Sargoth in the North are cease-fire at best, all-out war most other times, so as you may guess, my interest was piqued.
I opened the letter to see what this unknown enemy had to say to me that was so important that it warranted a letter. Basically what had happened was she had stumbled upon a horse in her city that belonged to me, now in Midkemia Online all mountable pets are loyal to the person who tamed them. Pretty much anyone can ride them but only its true master can lead them anywhere or give them commands. As such, you are very limited to what you can do with a stolen horse, though it is very easy to hide one somewhere irretrievable by its owner. As the horse was in her city, I was unable to retrieve it myself due to the guards there.
What this person wanted was for me to pay a ransom for the safe return of the horse, now this horse had been missing in action for over half a year in game terms, which is around 2 weeks in real life. I had been riding the horse through the plains just south of Sar-Sargoth looking for groves of trees that I could chop down and I found myself in the lair of a large, mutated dragon. OMGWTF... needless to say the Dragon handed me my own ass and that was that. By the time I went through the resurrection phase and returned to the horse it had been taken, I followed its tracks to the gates of Sar-Sargoth and wrote it off as a loss, it was only worth 1 gold piece after all but I digress…
The demands were simple, send me 50 silver in a letter and I will return the horse to you –IF- I am able, but be quick as this offer will not stand for long. I literally wet myself laughing at these demands and hastily penned a response stating that in no uncertain terms would I be paying any ransoms or negotiating any terms for the release. Either return it or kill it, I said.
Well, turns out this Moredhel had a notion of having a heart, “but this horse looks so sad without its owner, I would love to see it ridden by its rightful owner” she then went on to claim that all she needed was a few silver to help her to get a mount of her own. An evil plan started to formulate in my head. Well then, I told her. “If you need your own mount, why not have me gift the horse to you so that you may use it? It would save me the bother of having to pay to stable a second horse. I asked that she ride the horse to me in a village close to my city where I would gladly transfer the ownership and a few minutes later there she was. Now this Moredhel I might add was a very new character, from my assessment of her she appeared to be around 5% of my might and she was unranked and so it would not have been very nice to simply kill her for the mount back. Plus I had told her to bring an escort, though I guess she trusted me? Anyways, I told her that she would need to dismount from the horse so that I could gift it. I am not sure if it is actually right that a horse needs to be rider less for this, but that was my bluff. Quick as a flash I vaulted onto the mount and scarpered home, sending her a little message of thanks along my way.
I thoroughly enjoyed these little interactions, and because the person in question appeared to be relatively new to the game, though this may or may not be the case I decided to mail her a few silver for her troubles along with a little banter which hinted as to why I behaved as I did.
Just want to say that the unique roleplay experiences coupled with fantastic gameplay is what keeps me playing Midkemia Online every day.