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[[File:Compassion.jpg|right]]'''The Tale of Iolo and the Brigand: a Parable of Compassion''' was originally featured on the website for ''[[Ultima IX]]'', but is no longer available:
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'''The Tale of Iolo and the Brigand: a Parable of Compassion''' was originally featured on the website for ''[[Ultima IX]]'', but is no longer available:
   
 
''[[Iolo]] was [[Bard]], bowman and freeholder, as well as the trusted friend and champion of [[Lord British]]. It was not strange, therefore, that his neighbors should turn to him in time of crisis.''
 
''[[Iolo]] was [[Bard]], bowman and freeholder, as well as the trusted friend and champion of [[Lord British]]. It was not strange, therefore, that his neighbors should turn to him in time of crisis.''
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''But as soon as his conscience permitted it, Iolo resumed the chase, and it did not take him long until he again pressed his foe. But this time Edric was more ready to deal with his nemesis, and he lead Iolo to a certain forest town, and passing through it at night the creature poisoned the town’s only well. So when Iolo came to the town the next day, he found many of the townsfolk stricken with a horrible, deadly affliction. And again Iolo paused in his pursuit and helped to minister to the sick and the dying, and labored to cleanse the fouled well. And again, Edric used the time to get far away. ''
 
''But as soon as his conscience permitted it, Iolo resumed the chase, and it did not take him long until he again pressed his foe. But this time Edric was more ready to deal with his nemesis, and he lead Iolo to a certain forest town, and passing through it at night the creature poisoned the town’s only well. So when Iolo came to the town the next day, he found many of the townsfolk stricken with a horrible, deadly affliction. And again Iolo paused in his pursuit and helped to minister to the sick and the dying, and labored to cleanse the fouled well. And again, Edric used the time to get far away. ''
   
''When he resumed the hunt, Iolo was like a fury of vengeance, and he pressed the fugitive hard. In the heat of the chase, Edric was forced to flee desperately away from all human habitation (which was according to Iolo’s plan). At last Edric came to a cavern mouth and thought to elude Iolo within. But this was folly, for it was no cavern - this was one of those protean pits of vileness called “[[Dungeon]]s” which have infested our land since time immemorial, and the name of this particular Dungeon was [[Despise]].''
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''When he resumed the hunt, Iolo was like a fury of vengeance, and he pressed the fugitive hard. In the heat of the chase, Edric was forced to flee desperately away from all human habitation (which was according to Iolo’s plan). At last Edric came to a cavern mouth and thought to elude Iolo within. But this was folly, for it was no cavern - this was one of those protean pits of vileness called “[[Dungeon|Dungeons]] which have infested our land since time immemorial, and the name of this particular Dungeon was [[Despise]].''
   
 
''Now the perils of the Dungeons are many, and some time later, when Iolo entered Despise (more carefully than Edric had, for Iolo knew the place of old), he was soon greeted by a black and gaping deadfall. And far below, from some unguessed depth of the pit, the voice of Edric was pitifully crying for aid, pleading that his leg had broken in the fall. ''
 
''Now the perils of the Dungeons are many, and some time later, when Iolo entered Despise (more carefully than Edric had, for Iolo knew the place of old), he was soon greeted by a black and gaping deadfall. And far below, from some unguessed depth of the pit, the voice of Edric was pitifully crying for aid, pleading that his leg had broken in the fall. ''
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==See Also==
 
==See Also==
 
*[[Iolo]]
 
*[[Iolo]]
 
{{Parables}}
 
 
[[Category:Ultima IX]]
 
[[Category:Ultima IX]]
 
[[Category:Parables of Virtue]]
 
[[Category:Parables of Virtue]]

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