VII Player’s Guide/Solutions
written by Batlin of Britain
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i. Salutations to the Traveller
Good morning to thee, gentle friend and traveller!
matter what time of day it might be when thou
art reading this – no matter what the hour of
the clock – I say good morning to thee because
this very moment brings to thee the coming of
the dawn. The dawn, as everyone knows, is the
moment when illumination comes. The dawn marks
the end of the long dark night, and a new beginning.
It is my humble hope that these words may be for
thee a dawning, or at least, a type of awakening.
call thee “traveller” no matter if thou hast never
left thy home town, no matter if thou wilst never
again leave thy room, because all of us are travellers.
I call thee traveller for truly all of us travel
a spiritual or philosophical path – even if it
is simply by living the life that we choose to
live, or by searching for a new life when our
current one fails to satisfy our needs as thinking
is past time that I introduce myself to thee,
gentle friend and traveller. My name is Batlin,
and indeed I have been following this quest all
of my life. It has been a long road, but the rewards
have been beyond measure. If thou wouldst permit
me, I would very much wish appreciate sharing
these rewards with you.
ii. The Story of Batlin – Part the First
is much that I have set out to tell thee in this
book. Some small part of it involves my own personal
story. As that is the least important part of
this book, I shall quickly relate my tale first,
gentle friend and traveller. In that way we shall
soon have it over with and then be free to pass
on more important concerns!
was born in the forests surrounding the city of
Yew and educated in the traditions of the Druids.
Having been raised in the city of Justice, I was
taught to always strive for fairness in dealing
with others, and these teachings left a lasting
impression upon me. But while I found trees, birds
and moons to be very beautiful, I determined to
dedicate my life to the service of people. So
it was I left to seek my fortune in the world.
was a time when, over Lord British’s objections,
unruly lords waged war against each other, so
there was little else to do but become a fighter
in the city of Jhelom. I regret killing, although
much of what I did helped bring peace to our land
once more. I learned well how to defend myself
and to find the courage one must have to survive
in battle. I also learned respect for those of
valor who earn their wage by combat. Eventually
those little wars ended, and I found myself penniless
and without a trade in the capital city of Britain.
became a Bard simply because a Bard was needed
at the Blue Boar. There were none about, and I
had the loudest voice. Never had I considered
myself to be musically inclined, but it was a
fair alternative to starvation. My voice was painful.
My mandolin strings would break rather than let
me stroke them. After much heckling and many a
thrown bottle, my talents did slowly develop.
As the years passed I began to feel the deep compassion
that bards known when singing of heroic deeds.
I discovered that sharing a spiritual rapport
with my audience was very moving. Several of my
ballads are still sung today (although by tradition,
the player will no doubt take credit for composing
in Britain, I met two remarkable individuals.
They were twins, Elizabeth and Abraham. They were
also well versed students of philosophy, and many
were the hours we spent in discussion and debate.
We did raise our voices on occasion,
Gentle friend and traveller, but that did not
prevent us from becoming fast friends. Although
I would never presume to intrude upon their privacy
by revealing the many fascinating details I learned
about them and their lives, I will say that they
play a truly significant role in the part this
book that is my story.
mage from Moonglow who had heard me perform came
to offer me employment as his assistant. Magic
has always fascinated me, and so I became his
apprentice. I will always remember his teaching
that if I was to successfully commune with the
visible world without lapsing into madness, I
must ever retain my honesty – if one is to live
outside the laws of reality, one must first be
honest. He taught me well. It was with great sadness
that I ended my studies in the magical arts when
my master, who was most elderly, passed away.
drinking at the Blue Boar soon after his passing,
Elizabeth, Abraham, and I each decided that we
needed something to which to dedicate our lives.
On a youthful whim, we made a pact that we would
go our separate ways and spend the next decade
travelling throughout the land to find adventure,
and to find ourselves as well. We agreed to reunite
at the Blue Boar in exactly ten years. Our departure
was exciting yet melancholy, as my life began
a new chapter.
iii. The Old Man and the Bandits
On the road leading out of Britain, I met a man
bent with age, but still possessed of keen wit.
As we walked he shared with me his tale, and I
in turn shall share it with thee.
a stroll through the woods one day, this man was
kidnapped by a group of vicious bandits. The poor
man had just left his nephew’s family and had
no one else in the world. Woe to them who have
been kidnapped when they have no one to pay their
ransom! The bandits soon began to loathe their
captive and did make plans to kill him.
wanted to hang him, while another wanted to stab
him. Still another wanted to burn him at the stake
while yet a fourth wanted to tie rocks about his
waist and throw him in the river. So angry did
they wax in their disagreement over what manner
of violence to use, that they did break into an
awful, bloody row.
so it was that this old man did escape from the
bandits, who were distracted with their brawling.
Upon noticing their victim was gone, they continued
to fight, this time over whose fault it had been,
until all of them lay dead, murdered by each others’
old man was later reunited with his nephew’s family
and all were joyous of it. For as he had learned,
Unity is essential for survival, and unlike those
reckless bandits, he still wished to live for
a good many years yet.
iv. The Story of Batlin – Part the Second
travels took me to Trinsic, and there I encountered
a group of men at arms with whom I became most
impressed. Many fighters I have know were men
of valorous heart on the battle field, but off
it little more than thugs. These men were not
mere fighters, but Paladins. They were all skilled
swordsmen and expert horsemen, as well as learned
scholars and perfectly mannered gentlemen. Above
all, they were devoted to the preservation of
honor. It was with eager gratitude that I accepted
their invitation to join them. The following years
were filled with excitement, as we journeyed through
the land, righting wrongs and helping those in
one of our adventures I was injured and forced
to remain in Minoc while my companions rode on.
A healer there told me that without the proper
treatment (for which he charged outrageous prices)
I would most probably die! I angrily sent him
away. After a time I did mend. I had learned that
the healing process takes place mostly in one’s
mind and have since placed no trust in healers
who greedily prey upon the afflicted.
that time, the town of Minoc was in need of a
Tinker. As I heard, I supported myself by fixing,
building and inventing things. I had never before
realized how much a town is reliant upon its Tinker,
nor how appreciative the local townspeople are
to those who sacrifice themselves to continuously
solving the problems of others. So welcome did
they make me feel that I stayed for several years.
filled with the urge to roam and longing for the
outdoors once more, I joined a band of Rangers
in Spiritwood. Rangers are a deeply spiritual
people. Living with them reminded me very much
of my druid childhood in Yew – with one big difference.
These Rangers drank the most wonderful wine I
have ever tasted! The bottles came from the old
winery at Skara Brae, having survived the terrible
fires which ravaged that island. Later I made
a pilgrimage to the desolate ruins of Skara Brae
and there I had a spiritual experience so profound
that I have vowed never to relate it to anyone.
their band, I gave away all of my possessions
and for months I wandered aimlessly. Eventually,
I arrived at New Magincia where I sought employment
as a Shepherd. Most of the following two years
was spent in perfect solitude, living in complete
humility. It was an experience that left me significantly
changed. When I noticed that ten years had almost
passed, I began the journey back to Britain.
v. The Two Brothers and the Trickster
the road back to Britain I noticed a small mine
being worked by two brothers. They greeted me
suspiciously but eventually shared with me their
tale, and I shall share it with thee.
father died and left them a map to some unclaimed
land that contained valuable minerals. By law
a claim can only be made in one name, and this
led the brothers into conflict. One brother was
the eldest, the other was more worldly— both wanted
the claim. They became so fearful that the other
would make the claim that each spent all his time
spying on the other. No work was done.
day, they met a stranger who said he was a mining
engineer. They did not trust him at first, but
he assured them that their claim was too small
to be of interest. He was on the way to stake
a much larger claim. The stranger turned their
heads with tales of the riches they could have,
replacing their distrust with avarice.
brothers asked the stranger to make their claim
for them, and went back to working their mine.
They worked without stopping for months, and afterward
travelled to the mint to sell their ore.
the mint they learned the stranger had staked
their claim in his own name and then sold it outright
for a fortune. As the brothers had taken ore from
land they did not own, they were sent to prison
in Yew for many years.
Their sad fate taught them to be more trusting
of each other, for a man who does not trust his
brother is always vulnerable. After hearing their
tale, I went to the mint, for I was curious which
of the two brothers held the claim to their new
mine. I had tried to guess and was quite surprised
when I saw the answer. It was in the name of their
vi. The Creation of The Fellowship
I was overjoyed when Elizabeth and Abraham both
arrived at the Blue Boar safe and sound. It was
a splendid reunion. The tales they told me were
truly astounding, gentle friend and traveller.
But as I have mentioned, I do not wish this tome
to be and intrusion upon their privacy.
all of our memories were pleasant ones. Most of
the people of Britannia, it seemed, were more
interested in helping themselves than in helping
their fellow person. As travellers – strangers
wherever we went – we had become used to the cold
eye of suspicion upon us. Everywhere there were
people who expected something for nothing, as
if owed a debt by the world. Most of all, each
of us had met many people who were fundamentally
unhappy. Everywhere there were people who knew
that they needed something in their lives, gentle
friend and traveller, but that they had not a
hope of finding it.
three of us had learned much of history. There
was once a time when life was infinitely more
fragile, but was cherished much more dearly. We
yearned to recapture that aspect of Britannia’s
former glory. After much discussion, we decided
to found a society called The Fellowship. At this
time I was also conceiving what would become its
philosophy, but that will be discussed further
in another chapter. It was Abraham who suggested
that I propose The Fellowship to Lord British.
I agreed, little realizing the task I was undertaking.
vii. The Ratification of Wise Lord British
was with much anxiety that I stood before the
throne of wise Lord British. I was in a long line
of subjects as our Liege made numerous pronouncements.
Although I had been waiting for hours when I at
last had my audience, I still felt unprepared.
His unwavering glance fell on me.
said that I had a modest proposal. My colleagues
and I sought to establish a philosophical society
known as The Fellowship. Lord British asked me
who would see the benefits of this Fellowship.
I replied that no one would benefit from it, for
it would not be run for profit. With a word I
was dismissed. I found myself leaving the throne
room before it had even sunk in that I had been
By the look on my face Elizabeth and Abraham
knew I was not the bearer of good news. In discussing
the matter, Elizabeth suggested that Lord British
had desired a tribute from us. If we could present
an impressive enough tribute, he would grant his
favor. After a time we raised a thousand gold
pieces by selling nearly every possession we owned.
With renewed confidence I returned to the castle.
time there were several women with me to carry
the chests of gold that were our tribute. As I
reached the front of the line I spoke boldly.
I said that I wished to discuss The Fellowship,
but first wished to present Lord British with
suitable tribute. With consternation I realized
that I had spoken before Lord British had finished
reading an important looking scroll placed before
him by one of his advisors. He signed it as he
spoke, not even bothering to look up at me. First
he ordered my workmen to remove the boxes. The
he ordered the workmen to remove me as well!
I stormed from the throne room. Once more did
I face my two friends. We were most disappointed.
The dream we shared now seemed to have no hope
of becoming reality. I spent days somberly brooding
over my failure. One morning found me so completely
lost in my thoughts that I did not hear the passing
beggar approach. When at last I noticed him he
spoke. “A coin for one denied the rewards of worthiness.”
The illumination was pure and instantaneous. He
thought I had gone mad when I gave him my chest
full of gold. I ran back to the palace as fast
as I could.
first, Lord British would not see me, but I implored
him. He looked me over, and seemed to see something
different about me. He listened as I spoke.
society, The Fellowship, will be a union of spiritual
seekers that shall strive to bring Unity to our
fractured society. We will promote Trust and understanding
among all the people of Britannia. With your approval
our society will teach one to seek Worthiness,
rather than mere personal reward. To that end,
I seek your recognition of The Fellowship.”
a long moment, Lord British replied.
thou dost know the meaning of perseverance. I
care not for what thy Fellowship dost wish of
me and I care even less for what thy Fellowship
would seek to do for me. But if thy Fellowship
would seek to serve the subjects of my land then
my support is unequivocal.”
was born The Fellowship.
viii. The Value of Virtues and the Virtue
creating the Fellowship philosophy I had no intention
of cobbling together a collection of platitudes
that would be presumptuously intended as a replacement
of the Eight Virtues of The Avatar. I knew there
would be those who would accuse me of doing just
that, no matter what philosophy I developed! I
hereby wish to state that The Fellowship fully
supports the Eight Virtues of the Avatar, and
as one who has endeavored to follow their example
I can personally assure thee of their immeasurable
as one who has followed the Eight Virtues, I know
whereof I speak when I say that it is impossible
to perfectly live up to them. Even the Avatar
was unable to do so continuously and consistently.
Can anyone say that they have been honest every
moment of every day of their lives? Can anyone
say that they are always compassionate, valorous,
just, sacrificing, honorable, humble or spiritual
at all times? The philosophy of the Eight Virtues
does little more than emphasize our own personal
deficiencies. I have met many adherents to the
ways of the Virtues who are racked with guilt
over what they perceive to be their spiritual
failures, for that is what the Virtues are based
upon. Having been shown our weaknesses, now is
the time to strengthen them. The philosophy of
The Fellowship has been created to eradicate the
failures from one’s life. It is a philosophy based
upon success and it enhances everything that has
come before it. The Fellowship philosophy can
be expressed as three values derived from the
personal experiences of my life. They are known
as The Triad of Inner Strength.
ix. The Triad of Inner Strength
The Triad of Inner Strength is a rigorous mental
discipline. It takes concentrated effort to apply
this triad of values to thy life. But in doing
so thou will see a change in thy life so significant
that thou shalt no longer be able to look at the
world in the same way again.
first value of The Triad Of Inner Strength is
expressed as “Strive For Unity.” People apply
this value to their lives by working together
to achieve that which shall benefit everyone in
a state of mutual cooperation. We have seen by
the parable of “The Old Man and the Bandits” how
Unity is essential. If we are not working together
then we are certainly working against each other.
second value of The Triad Of Inner Strength is
expressed as “Trust Thy Brother.” People apply
this value to their lives by dealing with others
without accusations or suspicions that limit others
and themselves. We have seen by the parable of
“The Two Brothers and the Trickster” just how
vulnerable lack of Trust makes on. Without Trust
we restrict ourselves from that which we wish
third value of The Triad Of Inner Strength is
expressed as “Worthiness Precedes Reward.” People
apply this value to their lives by placing a greater
emphasis on their accomplishments rather than
on personal gain. We have seen by the parable
of “The Ratification of Wise Lord British” that
one must not expect something for nothing. Blindly
chasing reward is a path that leads nowhere.
x. The Philosophy of The Fellowship
The scholarly name for the Fellowship philosophy
- which I did not personally coin - is “sanguine
cognition.” This is merely an important-sounding
way of saying ”cheerful knowledge,” and that is
as accurate a description of The Fellowship philosophy
as any I can imagine.
long as on maintains his confidence and hopefulness
one is continuously open to the opportunities
that perpetually exist in life. I firmly believe
that, gentle friend and traveller, and thou shouldst
believe it as well.
confidence, one does not perceive the world correctly
and hence one misses opportunities. This sad sate
of “fevered” reason currently holds the majority
of the population in its icy grip.
“fevered” persons begin to adapt illusory notions
to their thinking and entangle themselves in twisted,
conflicting emotions which reinforce their failures.
These sad people become afraid of themselves.
They begin to believe that they will fail, and
this belief can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
a fevered person, whether he realizes it or not,
desperately needs to recognize that the world
is not a tangled know of failure. The entire process
of thought needs to be permanently fixed to a
confident nature. Such a person needs to “find
the best in himself,” and accept his basic worth.
This is rarely an easy task. It requires a reflection
upon one’s self that can be emotionally painful.
But as we say in The Fellowship, “Sometimes one
must face harm in order to find healing.” Upon
achieving Recognition one will follow his own
inner voice of reason that will guide him through
life and help him avoid failure.
of the most difficult things to accept is how
reliant we are upon others. We fear the rejection,
the real or imagined hidden motives, and the potential
deceit of others. Accepting our inevitable reliance
upon others as an integral part of our role in
this world requires the courage to walk on fire.
achieve the recognition necessary to break free
of the fever, one must dedicate every fibre of
being to accomplishing that end. We of The Fellowship
travel that path, and I extend my invitation to
thee, gentle friend and traveller, to join us.
Together we shall reach our destination.
A Reinterpretation of the
Being in part a collection
of historical facts with a modern
interpretation thereof supplied
by the author, Batlin of Britain
i. Ancient Sosaria
Long ago, before the formation of the kingdom
of Britannia, the land was known as Sosaria. It
was little more than a multitude of warring city-states
and feudal fiefdoms, and the people of the land
suffered for it.
was wise Lord British, then ruler of the city-state
of Britain, who eventually brought the land and
the people of Sosaria together.
ii. The Ages of Darkness
The Ages of Darkness are well named, for they
were a time when dark terrors walked the land.
It may also be said that during the Ages of Darkness,
the peoples of Sosaria were the furthest from
illumination, for this was truly a time when spiritual
pursuits were at their ebb.
iii. The Tale that is Called ‘The First Age
In the beginning of the First Age of Darkness
is marked by the coming of a sorcerer named Mondain.
The father of Mondain had refused to share his
secret of immortality with his son, and their
disputes ultimately led to the father’s death.
Torn with anguish and no doubt by his fears of
persecution, Mondain turned his dark powers against
the kingdoms of Sosaria.
desperation, Lord British called forth a champion
to rise to the defense of the realm. The hero
who responded to his summons would many years
later come to be known as the Avatar. It was through
the actions of this Avatar that Mondain’s foul
gem of power was shattered and Mondain himself
did come to a very sad end indeed.
iv. The Tale That is Called ‘Revenge of the
The triumph of the Avatar did not last long,
for in slaying Mondain he brought the wrath of
Minax down upon the land. Minax was the young
lover of Mondain and a sorceress with magical
powers even greater than Mondain’s. She had the
power to command legions of foul creatures, and
in her quest for vengeance over the death of her
lover, she brought much misery to the people of
the hero who would come to be known as the Avatar
returned to Britannia in the first recorded use
of the Moongates. The Avatar slew Minax’s minions
and did eventually destroy her as well.
there have been speculations as to the motivations
of the Avatar, there is insufficient evidence
to show that the Avatar was driven to violence
by jealousy over Mondain’s romantic involvement
with Minax. That being said, such theories are
hereby denounced and should not be given consideration.
v. The Tale that is Called ‘Exodus’
No one in all of Sosaria, not even the Avatar,
could have realized that by ending the lives of
Mondain and Minax, the Avatar would be orphaning
their only child. The name of this unusual child
was Exodus, and he was neither machine nor human.
Exodus rose from the bottom of the Great Ocean
to carry out a campaign of revenge and destruction
against the land of Sosaria.
terrible were the forces unleashed by Exodus that
the hero whom we would come to know as the Avatar
required the assistance of the mysterious being
known as the Time Lord to thwart them. And thus
it was that the Avatar did deal with Exodus in
a similar manner as he had dealt with his mother
that time much speculation has been given to the
potentially immeasurable good such a creature
as Exodus could have brought the land had he been
persuaded to become beneficent, but I wish to
formally disagree with those who say the Avatar
should have handled the situation differently.
vi. The Rise of Britannia
After the smiting of Exodus, the people of Sosaria,
who lived in terror during the onslaught of these
evil magical beings, did unite together as a measure
of self-protection under the sovereign rule of
Lord British. Thus was formed the kingdom of Britannia.
by wise Lord British, the land did come to flourish.
The eight major townships rose upon the foundations
of the old city-states. A renaissance of culture
and civilization was highlighted by the formation
of great institutions devoted to the study and
advancement of the arts and sciences.
vii. The Tale that is Called ‘Quest of the
It was at this time of growth and prosperity
in the kingdom of Britannia that Lord British
put out a call for one to show the way of spiritual
growth and virtue. The call was answered by the
hero who would come to be known as the Avatar.
was at this time that the champion of Britannia
did come to earn the title of ‘Avatar’ by establishing
the Eight Virtues and by seizing the Codex of
Ultimate Wisdom from the depths of the Stygian
has been said that the primary motivation of the
Avatar has been personal redemption for the fate
of Mondain, Minax and Exodus. While there has
been no proof of this, I say that even if it were
true, all the positive things brought forth in
the world through the virtues would be enough
to make amends for almost any misdoing.
viii. The Tale that is Called ‘Warriors of
It seems that by removing the Codex of Ultimate
Wisdom the Avatar had inadvertently set into motion
a cosmic chain of events which led to the release
of three Shadowlords from remnant shards of the
black gem of Mondain. These Shadowlords were sinister
agents of evil. Soon they managed to dethrone
Lord British and hold him prisoner in a foul dungeon.
Denied his wisdom and compassion, the kingdom
of Britannia quickly grew oppressive and cruel.
was the Britannia that greeted the return of the
Avatar. After a score of valiant struggles, Lord
British was liberated, his throne regained and
the Shadowlords banished from our world.
Lord British’s escape from the underworld did
cause a tremendously destructive series of earthquakes
as the vast network of subterranean caverns collapsed.
Much of the gargoyle race did perish in that tragic
ix. The Tale that is Called ‘The False Prophet’
After the tremors that shook Britannia subsided,
gargoyles, inhabitants of the other side of the
world who now found their homeland virtually destroyed,
began to appear on the Britannian side of the
world in increasing numbers as aggressors. They
launched vicious attacks against the human race
and many were they who lost their lives in defense
of our realm.
gargoyles even attempted to assassinate the Avatar.
They set a Moongate trap which lured the Avatar
into their clutches, but the Avatar was rescued
by his companions. So it was that Lord British
did once again call upon his champion to set the
world right. Ending this violent racial conflict
was the greatest challenge that the Avatar had
last is was revealed that the Codex of Ultimate
Wisdom, which had been removed from the underworld
by the Avatar, was actually the property of the
gargoyles. Therefore, the Avatar placed the Codex
into the great ethereal void where it would be
possessed by neither human nor gargoyle. Two lenses,
used to view the Codex, were given to Lord British
and the gargoyle ruler King Draxinusom. As the
cause of the conflict between the two races had
been removed, it was hoped that the rift between
the two would eventually be closed.
who would say that this terrible and destructive
war could have been prevented entirely had the
Avatar not appropriated the Codex from its true
owners are merely dissidents who are grossly misinformed.
x. The Last Two Hundred Years
It has been two centuries since the Avatar last
appeared in our good kingdom. Some have written
that at last it is possible to interpret the tales
of the Avatar as they should be, with the proper
historical perspective. Some argue that as time
moves on, the truth of what actually occurred
will fade even further away and that we have a
responsibility to preserve the legends as we now
know them. However, most agree when it comes to
a number of basic theories.
there are those who maintain that the stories
of the Avatar are only myths, practically all
credible scholars say that at least some elements
of the Avatar’s tales are historical fact. In
reality, one need look no further than the Isle
of the Avatar to see very persuasive evidence
that the Avatar did indeed exist - at least as
a person if not as a spiritual being!
is most likely that there has been more than one
Avatar. All of the writings insist that the Avatar
who negotiated the peace between Britannia and
the gargoyles is the one and same person who first
appeared to vanquish the sorcerer Mondain those
many years ago. While saying it is most unlikely,
historians do not firmly deny the possibility
of there having been only on Avatar. After all,
our good sovereign monarch, wise Lord British,
has himself displayed an amazing longevity!
interpretation of history proves to be most accurate,
it seems undeniable that the Avatar will not return
to our fair kingdom. By all indications the age
of magic is coming to an end. With the decline
on reliability of mages, and with the kingdom
turning away from the magical arts, it is doubtful
that extreme danger - that which would require
an Avatar’s aid to defeat it - will ever return
to Britannia. And thankfully so.
us is the age of The Fellowship, in which one
does not simply wait in anticipation for a heroic
savior when a crisis occurs. In this less spectacular
but more practical day, we are left to solve our
problems with our own minds and our own will.
guide to travelling in Britannia,
as written by Batlin of Britain
i. The Cities and Towns of Britannia
Built upon the foundations of the ancient city-states
of Sosaria, the towns of Britain, Jhelom, Minoc,
Moonglow, New Magincia, Trinsic, and Yew have
risen up to become major cities in their own right.
Numerous other cities have also grown and doing
so deserve recognition as proud jewels in the
crown of Britannia. All of these cities are described
below, being listed in alphabetical order for
the sake of the traveller’s convenience in using
this book as a reference guide.
This island is the notorious home of pirates
and thieves. It is a place that is not without
risks and dangers - especially if one is too free
in displaying one’s money. Still, Buccaneer's
Den has attracted many travellers in recent years
with the lurid thrill of its well-monied House
of Games and sensuous indoor Baths. It is also
a place where one may purchase many exotic goods.
This is the opulent and majestic capital of Britannia,
famed city of Compassion, and it is where thou
mayest find the Castle of Lord British. Britain
is built on the shore of Britanny Bay. It is easily
the largest city in all of Britannia and it has
seen much new development. It is the home of the
historic Wayfarer’s Inn, Royal Theatre and the
Music Hall. It is a center of commerce for the
entire kingdom. Here in Britain thou will find
vendors hawking their wares, a Farmer’s Market,
shops of every type and fabulous entertainment
for everyone. Britain is also home to the headquarters
of The Fellowship.
The city of Cove is the cleanest city in all
of Britannia. Although the city itself is pristine,
a traveller would be wise to avoid Lock Lake,
which has become very polluted in recent years.
One of the most romantic places in all of Britannia
is the “Lovers’ Walk,” which is not far from the
Shrine. Across the mountains from Cove the traveller
will find the Bloody Marsh, site of one of Britannia’s
most savage wars.
Isle of the Avatar
While no formal city has ever been built upon
the Isle of the Avatar, it is such a place of
interest that it is included here in this section.
This strange volcanic island - which arose from
the tumultuous upheaval of the Great Stygian Abyss
- receives numerous visitors on pilgrimage to
the Shrine of the Codex. The Shrine is considered
to be a national monument of great historical
importance to Britannia and as such is under armed
guard day and night.
Located in the Valorian Isles in southwest Britannia,
Jhelom is a meeting place for fighters, paladins,
and rangers. It is the birthplace of many an esteemed
Britannian warrior. This city of Valor is also
known for its well-stocked armoury, the hospitality
of its barmaids and for its local fighting club,
the Library of Scars.
This thriving seaport is located in northern
Britannia at the mouth of Lost Hope Bay. Minoc,
also known as the city of Sacrifice, has an active
sawmill, armourer, shipwright and branch of the
Britannian Mining Company. It is the home of the
Artist’s Guild, where craftsmen of all types display
their craft. In Minoc there is also an active
branch of The Fellowship.
Moonglow is the city of Honesty and sits upon
the southern tip of Verity Isle. It is where the
Lycaeum, the great storehouse of knowledge and
wisdom, is located. Nearby, the traveller will
also find the observatory, which contains a orrery.
An active branch of The Fellowship also operates
New Magincia is known as the city of Humility,
and hence it chooses to remain isolated from much
of the rest of Britannia. If thou venture there,
thou will find that the people are basically shy,
but also warm and hospitable once they have gotten
used to thee. The city is located on an eastern
island well past most of the main trade routes.
Time progresses more slowly in New Magincia than
anywhere else in Britannia. The economy of New
Magincia is based on shipbuilding, horticulture
and raising sheep.
Paws is a small coastal village that, because
of the continuous expansion of the capital city,
has essentially merged with Britain. While there
was a time when this village held a quaint rustic
charm, in more recent years the village of Paws
has languished in poverty. A terrible, seven-year
drought has forced the closure of many of the
local farms. The industry of paws consists primarily
of milling flour, dairy farming and meat curing.
Paws is where The Fellowship runs its shelter
for the poor.
This opulent castle fortress is home of the honorable
Order of the Silver Serpent, the training camp
for the armed militiamen of Britannia. Here fighting
men learn more than just the martial arts. They
are taught honor and valor as well. Instruction
in the ways of the warrior may be obtained and
one may purchase reliable weapons, armour and
provisions here. The Meditation Retreat of The
Fellowship is located on an island east of Serpent’s
This sad town was once know as the city of Spirituality.
Few are those who venture to the spot where the
city of Skara Brae once stood, near the mystic
forest of Spiritwood, for all that remains are
buildings that stand nearly deserted. While there
have been many strange stories as to the going-on
in this uninhabited place, there are few who would
seek to verify them. The wise traveller avoids
Skara Brae altogether.
The sparse isle of Spektran is ruled by the notorious
Sultan of Spektran. The sultan is renowned for
his unfriendliness to outsiders, and Spektran
is not recommended to travellers.
Terfin is the home of the gargoyles, built upon
the island once occupied by Sutek the Mad. Most
gargoyles travel daily to Minoc in order to work
in the mines. In Terfin one may find the gargoyle
Hall of Knowledge and an active Fellowship branch.
Not far from Terfin are the ancient ruins that
were once the palace of the traitorous Blackthorn.
This active seaport south of Paws and north of
the Cape of Heroes is known as the city of Honor.
Trinsic is the home of Paladins and also has an
active branch of The Fellowship. Travellers might
question the need for the walls that surround
the city. As if this would not be enough to keep
the city secure, the guards of the city will not
permit anyone to enter or leave the city unless
they know the secret password. While this was
once done to maintain the security of the city
and the safety of its citizens, it is now done
mostly to sustain a traditional ritual. (Britannian
law forbids the open publication of Trinsic’s
Located on the edge of the desert in northeast
Britannia, Vesper is an industrial town. Here
the main branch of the Britannian Mining Company
is located. Vesper is one of the few places in
Britannia where humans and gargoyles live together
in an approximately equal number.
Yew is known as the city of Justice, but it has
changed considerably over the years. The buildings
that remain where the city once stood have been
abandoned for many, many years. The citizenry
of Yew have chosen a life independent of normal
civilization. They now live scattered throughout
the Great Forest. Their only remaining link with
outside civilization is Empath Abbey. The Abbey
has assumed responsibility for the court of Yew
as well as its prison. Many travellers to Empath
Abbey come to visit the graves of loved ones at
the nearby graveyard.
ii. The Commerce of Britannia
Britannia is not only a kingdom of great cities,
but also of prolific commerce and industrial might.
In any city, thou canst find a pleasing variety
of goods and services available for purchase.
Each city has an economy based upon its industry
and the endeavors of the people who work within
it. The goods each city produces are bartered
or sold to the people of other cities, which provides
them access to other goods not usually available
in their own city. Through this continuous flurry
of commercial activity all the townships of Britannia
are supplied with the products and services that
they need to survive and thrive.
The Farmers of Britannia
While in recent years a series of droughts has
hurt agricultural production in certain areas
of Britannia, most farmers are enjoying a resurgence
of bountiful harvests. Farmers will usually be
glad to sell the passing traveller eggs, fruits,
vegetables or whatever else they produce.
The Merchants of Britannia
The merchants of Britannia survive by one basic
rule - buy for less and the sell for more. However,
most merchants truly desire to please their customers,
and any merchant who engages in unfair business
practices is sure to lose out to his competition
in the end.
The Farmer’s Market
At the Farmer’s Market in Britain, the fruits,
vegetables, eggs and meats produced on the farms
of Britannia may be found for sale.
In a Pub one may relax and enjoy a refreshing
drink or a fine meal. In many pubs one will hear
the local bard sing rousing songs of legend and
lore. When conversing with the other patrons of
a pub, be prepared to hear anecdotes, war stories,
local history - perhaps even useful information!
For a quick meal one could do no better than
to sample the wares of the local food vendor.
To find the local food vendor, one need only listen
for his friendly bark and call.
There is no end to the number of odd things that
a traveller of adventurer may find himself in
need of, and the one place where nearly all of
these might be found for sale is the local Provisioner’s
There is no faster mode of land travel that riding
in a horsedrawn wagon. When travelling in the
wilderness, the quicker one is, the safer one
is. Horses and carts can be purchased from the
stables in Britain.
Now that magic is severely on the decline, those
who still pursue this dying art may find that
many mages are willing to sell their magical reagents.
One need not concern oneself with the freshness
of these reagents, for all things magical only
increase in potency with age.
The inns of Britannia provide the traveller with
safety and a place to rest. Camping in the wilderness
is always a risky proposition and the danger to
one’s health is great, especially in time of inclement
The craftsmen of Britannia are skilled artisans
who sell wares made by their own hand. While such
items are often of high price, the price reflects
compensation due for the time, toil and talent
of the craftsman, as seen in the high quality
of the item.
Here one may purchase armour and shields made
for the protection of a fighting man in combat.
Most armourers will also sell weapons, thus completely
preparing any would-be fighter. Armour is generally
sold piecemeal, but certain armourers have been
known to sell entire suits at a cheaper price
than the total cost of each individual piece.
Fletchers and Bowyers
Without question, the bowyer that is held in
highest regard throughout all of Britannia is
Iolo Fitzowen, the proprietor of the establishment
that has come to be called “Iolo’s Bows.” So popular
is this bowyer’s shop that a similar establishment
was set up in Serpent’s Hold.
Many who succumb to injury or illness have their
conditions worsened and their purses lightened
by a healer. The wise traveller knows that sickness
and injury is rooted chiefly in the mind and that
only through self-discipline can pain, illness
and injury be overcome.
It is the shrewd apothecary who mixes his strange
chemicals and produces the formulas to create
potions. Apothecaries have long since stopped
the sale of magical reagents, as magic has become
The marketplace of Britain provides the traveller
with an opportunity to purchase clothing, ranging
from the latest fashions to the more comfortable
Ships may be purchased from shipwrights in nearly
any coastal city. By Britannian law no ship is
considered to be legally held unless the owner
has in his possession that ship’s deed of sale.
iii. The Rune Writing of Britannia
Following a tradition that has been passed down
from generation to generation for centuries, many
signs and placards in Britannia are written in
a unique and attractive runic script that was
once the language of the druids. This strange
writing is older than Britannia itself. While
the presence of such writing might befuddle a
casual tourist, the wise traveller knows that
it is a worthwhile pursuit to learn the meaning
of this writing.
the use of rune writing is beginning to fall out
of fashion, and its use generally denotes an establishment
that clings to an antiquated style of operation.
iv. The Arms of Britannia
It is the wise party of travellers who make sure
that they are well armoured and heavily armed
when travelling in the wilderness. To that end,
the following is a brief introduction to the armour
and weapons that one may use to insure one’s safety.
Armour and Shields
There are six parts of the body that one does
seek to protect: the head, torso, the legs, the
hands, the feet and the neck. All pieces of armour
are specifically designed for the protection of
one of these places.
There are basically four types of armour: leather,
scale, chainmail, and plate. Leather provides
the least protection, but it is exceedingly light
and is relatively inexpensive. While scale and
chainmail provide roughly the same level of protection,
scale is the heavier and the less expensive of
the two. The heaviest type of armour is plate;
since it provides great protection, it is also
the most expensive.
one is armed with a weapon that requires the use
of two hands, a wise combatant, in addition to
wearing armour, will also carry a shield. Generally,
the more protection a shield provides, the heavier
can quickly see that such activities as fleeing
from a superior opponent, carrying a full load
of equipment, or travelling a great distance become
quite daunting tasks if one is heavily armoured.
Therefore, the wise traveller moderates the type
of armour worn, taking into account one’s own
physical strength, the combined weight of any
other items one may wish to carry and the distance
one expects to be travelling.
There is such a great variety of weaponry available
in Britannia that it is impossible to properly
examine all of it in this short space. The wise
traveller knows that it is important is to select
for oneself the most fitting weapon. After all,
the weapon itself is not nearly as important as
the one who uses it. The choice of a weapon should
be tailored around the user and not vice versa.
What are the factors one considers when choosing
weapons such as pole arms and the larger swords
are heavy enough to require the use of both hands.
If one is not of sufficient strength, attempting
to wield a two-handed sword could be worse than
fighting unarmed. Generally, the smaller and lighter
a weapon is, the easier it is to conceal and quicker
it is with which to strike. It is not by accident
that the simple dagger is the weapon of choice
for many an assassin.
weapon of great length, such as a spear of two-handed
hammer, can be used to keep one’s opponent at
bay as well as to attack him. The advantage of
reach has decided the day in many a battle. Likewise,
a long weapon is a proven disadvantage when the
fight is in cramped quarters. Edged weapons such
as a sword must be handled with precision - it
is usually not enough to simply contact one’s
opponent. The skilled combatant knows how to use
the cutting edge of his weapon to its greatest
weapons such as maces, clubs and hammers enable
the combatant to concentrate raw strength in the
delivery of crushing blows to one’s opponent.
The punishment of such mighty impacts has often
been the key to achieving victory.
strategic effectiveness of well placed missile
fire cannot be over-emphasized. On many occasions
an outnumbered party has been able to repel an
attach through the proper application of missile
weaponry. The disadvantage of bows, crossbows,
and slings is that loading them requires the use
of both hands. Bows and crossbows also require
two hands to fire. Daggers, axes, torches and
spears can also be effective as improvised missile
v. The History and Customs of the Adventurer
The Fighter Class
Many Britannian fighters receive formal training
in the martial arts at Serpent’s Hold, and in
return they serve for a specified term as members
of the Royal Militia. Some fighters study in Jhelom
or with other trainers across Britannia. Other
fighters never receive any formal training. Their
unforgiving teacher is the battlefield, where
many lives are lost when lessons are not mastered
quickly enough. Fighters generally possess great
strength and endurance, a proficiency with many
types of weapons and the courage to face the demanding
trials of combat time and time again.
The Bard Class
A true jack-of-all-trades - a trickster, a minstrel,
a battler, a spellcaster - the bard possesses
all of these skills. Physically, the bard falls
somewhere between the brawny physique of the fighter
and the delicate frame of the mage. The bard is
dextrous and agile. He tends to be more clever
than intelligent. He also possesses a presence
and charm that come in handy in all manner of
situations. The bard has a natural gift for missile
weapons and a mind for riddles. The bard also
plays an important part in society by recording
local history in such a way that it is well remembered,
through rousing tale and song.
The Mage Class
A pity to those who live their lives following
the treacherous road that is the way of the mage,
now that the time of magic is coming to an end.
The days of wonder, when miracles could be performed
on demand through wisdom and a devotion to the
arcane arts, are a part of the past. A mage’s
mind perceives that which resides in the invisible
world, but as recent history has shown us, but
this keen mind upon which the mage depends is
ever in danger of slipping into lunacy.
is also tragic is that the way of the mage is
not one that is consciously chosen. One is born
with the calling of the mage. While magic has
not yet ceased to function altogether, it has
become inaccurate to the point of being unreliable,
making the mage’s life one of constant uncertainty.
A Bestiary of Britannia
The wilderness of Britannia is the home of a
multitude of strange beasts and magical creatures.
While many creatures are mundane and harmless,
others are terribly dangerous and barely understood.
For the traveller it is vitally important to be
able to recognize any type of beast that may be
encountered so that one can respond accordingly.
The following is a list of beasts now known to
live in Britannia.
Acid Slug - This very unpleasant creature
tends to inhabit dark places underground. Its
skin exudes secretions of acid that can burn flesh
and are especially damaging to metal. The best
weapon to use against this monster is fire.
Alligator - This vicious man-eating creature
lives in swampy terrain and can inflict heavy
damage with its bite and tail.
Bat (Giant) - This large winged rodent
attacks by night, aided by it’s night vision and
acute hearing. Its body is very light and fragile.
Bee (Giant) - This energetic flying insect
will instantly attack anything that it perceives
as a threat to its hive. It attacks with a sleep-inducing
Bird - This type of creature is not openly
hostile to human beings, but will probably attack
if provoked or frightened.
Cat - A domestic animal commonly found
in city alleyways, this creature performs an invaluable
service in continuously thinning the rat population.
Centipede (Giant) - This large, multi-legged
insect frequents cool, dark places. Its poison
is considered to be among the most deadly of any
creature. It can be destroyed by fire.
Chicken - This bird can be found on many
farms. It is the source of both eggs and delicious
meat often served in inns. It poses no threat
to humans, as it will generally run away if attacked.
Corpser - This creature is a type of ghoul
that ensnares its victims with its tentacles in
order to drag them off to its lair and presumably
kill them in a manner that has never been discovered.
Its only known weakness is fire.
Cow - This harmless farm animal is the
source of beef and dairy products.
Cyclops - One of a race of incredibly
strong one-eyed giants, when it is not hurling
large boulders at its enemies, its favorite weapon
is a large wooden club.
Deer - This swift but timid forest creature
has sharp antlers to defend itself. It is the
source of venison.
Dog - A domesticated cousin of the wolf,
this animal guards homes from intruders, tracks
game during hunts, and is a playmate for children
and a pet for adults.
Dragon - Dragons are a mysterious ancient
race of highly evolved reptiles that possess magical
abilities and a high degree of intelligence. They
have large wings and are capable of rapid flight.
A dragon is formidable in combat and is all the
more lethal due to its noxious flaming breath.
Its lair is usually a cave or dungeon where it
guards its eggs and treasure.
Drake - This creature is a dragon that
has not yet fully grown to adulthood, a process
that takes several hundred years. Like its mature
relatives, this creature can also breathe fire
and fly. It is commonly found in the lair of a
Emp - This extremely peaceful creature
lives in the forest. It shuns violence to such
a degree that it is doubtful it will want to have
anything to do with any humans it comes into contact
with. Some emps possess a remarkable degree of
intelligence and magical ability. Emps are so
named because of their empathic abilities. So
sensitive are they to the pain and discomfort
of other living things that they subsist on a
diet of such foods as milk and honey.
Fairy - These flirtatious and mischievous
tiny flying creatures are rarely hostile.
Fish - This generally harmless water-breathing
creature can be found in abundance in the seas,
rivers and lakes of Britannia. It greatly contributes
to the local food supply.
Fox - This small, wily mammal is related
to the wolf, but is not as powerful or aggressive.
Gargoyle - This red-skinned creature originally
comes from the subterranean domain of the gargoyles.
There are two classes of gargoyles - the larger
winged gargoyles that possess keen intellect and
magical ability, and the smaller worker drones
that possess little thinking ability but are embodied
with great strength.
Gazer - This strange creature is found
mostly in dungeons. It hovers about, looking for
victims to mesmerize with its multiple eyes. Upon
being killed, the body of a gazer will break up
into a tiny swarming colony of insects.
Ghosts - This magical spirit of the dead
has the power to move through solid walls and
has been known to use magic. It can appear anywhere,
but tends to frequent graveyards or places significant
to the life of the deceased.
Gremlin - This tiny creature travels in
a pack and attacks in a large group. Its primary
threat is that it likes to steal food.
Harpy - This half human/half bird creature
nests in mountainous caves. It attacks from the
air with the sharp talons on its feet.
Headless - This ensorcelled creature appears
to be a living ambulatory, beheaded human being.
It is unknown exactly how it compensates for its
apparent lack of sensory organs, but it manages
to do so quite well. Its favorite method of attack
Horse - This strong, swift animal can
be found in the wild or domesticated in the stables.
Horses are most commonly used for rapid transportation
from town to town or through the wilderness.
Hydra - This creature is a type of dragon
that possesses three heads. Like the dragon, a
hydra also can fly and breathe fire.
Insects - This is an insect swarm capable
of causing an intolerable number of bites and
stings, as well as severely spooking horses and
Kraken - This mysterious peril of the
sea is not well understood. There have been numerous
reports of sailors being snatched from the decks
of ships by huge suckered tentacles and dragged
down to the bottom of the ocean, never to be seen
again. No one has yet reported an actual sighting
of the full body of this creature.
Liche - This is an extremely rare type
of undead creature that is both dangerous and
very difficult to destroy.
Mongbat - This bizarre and frightening
creature is a cross between a bat and a monkey.
Its attacks are fast and powerful, but it usually
only inhabits the deepest dungeons.
Mouse - This harmless rodent lives on
whatever little scraps of food it can find, although
it is especially fond of cheese. It occupies the
space just beneath the cat on the food chain.
Rabbit - This fast, long-eared animal
lives primarily on the carrots grown by local
Rat (Giant) - This filthy, overgrown rodent
is a severe hazard to the health of human beings.
Immune to poison and too large to be trapped,
this creature has a voracious appetite for garbage
and carrion. When it roams in packs it loses its
natural fear of human beings. The bit of a giant
rat can cause a variety of potentially fatal diseases.
Reaper - The reaper is actually a malevolent
tree spirit that has the power to reach out and
grab passers-by in its long, powerful branches.
The reaper also possesses the magical power to
unleash destructive bolts of lighting. As it is
a creature made of dry deadwood, it is quite vulnerable
Sea Serpent - This creature is a sea-going
dragon. It is capable of spitting out fireballs,
much the same as dragons breathe fire. A sea serpent
can severely damage a ship with a single lash
of its powerful tail.
Sheep - These non-threatening beasts are
raised by shepherds, who take them out to graze
in great numbers. Sheep produce both wool and
Silver Serpent - This creature, seen in
the symbols of ancient Sosaria, once more holds
the fascination of Britannia. The venom of the
silver serpent is reported to have a strange and
lasting effect on people. No doubt this shall
be the subject of further study.
Skeleton - This is the undead reanimation
of a fighter who was slain on the field of battle.
Skeletons tend to cluster in hordes and are often
following the commands of a sorcerer. In fact,
they may continue to do so well after the sorcerer
himself is dead!
Slime - This grotesque gelatinous mass
lives in the depths of a dungeon or in the murkiest
corners of a swamp. It reproduces by dividing
itself and grows through the absorption of other
slimes. Slimes attack by hurling foul blobs of
slime at their intended victims. Fire is known
to be a very effective weapon against them.
Snake - This creature spends the night
coiled among the cool rocks and comes out into
the sun during the day. This warms its blood,
enabling it to strike more quickly. The creature
is venomous and can even spit venom from several
Spider (Giant) - While this creature may
be encountered anywhere in the wilderness, its
lair is its giant web, which will almost always
be hidden in a cool and dark place. A giant spider
is capable of spraying its poisonous spittle from
a considerable distance. Its bite is also tremendously
Troll - This brutish creature is the bane
of all travellers. Many tales relate how trolls
hide beneath bridges in order to terrorize and
prey upon all those who would cross it. The wise
traveller would do well to exercise caution when
crossing any bridge, especially those one may
come across in the wilderness, far from the security
of a city.
Unicorn - Fanciful stories of these creatures
abound in rural areas. The unicorn appears as
a splendid you white stallion with a single great
horn rising from its head. Legends speak of how
only those who are truly virtuous may approach
a unicorn. Unicorn sightings are rare - so rare
in fact that most serious scholars deny their
Wisp - These mysterious floating lights
have been a puzzlement to many an adventurer.
They seem capable of inflicting only slight physical
damage, but they also see impervious from physical
harm themselves. It has been said that these strange
creatures are very knowledgeable and that they
come from a world other than our own.
Wolf - This plains and forest hunter has
long had the greatly undeserved reputation of
a vicious predator. While wolfpacks do thin the
weak and the sick from the herds of wild animals,
and while farmers must occasionally be wary of
their curiosity, there is little to support the
notion that these animals are bloodthirsty man-eaters.
The Book Of
a historical look at the mechanics
and use of the arcane arts
before the end of the Age of
as written by Batlin of Britain
Before anything further is written, it must be
noted that the following section is included only
as a matter of historical documentation. The use
of magic has long been proven to be unreliable
and the suspected cause of mental deterioration.
The author takes no responsibility for anyone
who may attempt to practice magic based upon the
information contained herein.
The first component necessary for the successful
casting of spells by a mage is his spellbook.
It is his principle tool and without it the mage
cannot function. This book contains the formulae
and incantations required to cast the specific
spells that a mage knows. As mages become more
experienced they can acquire new spells. A wise
and long-practicing mage may have a great tome
filled with strange drawings, diagrams and writings.
These writings will be explained in greater detail
in a forthcoming section. Every mage’s spellbook
contains several basic magical spells called linear
spells. These too will be explained in their own
ii. The Mage’s Reagents
The second component required for spellcasting
is the proper reagent. These chemical materials
serve as a link between the physical world that
the mage wishes to affect and the psychic energies
of the ethereal waves that the mage is drawing
upon to effect that change. Some reagents are
relatively common herbs, others are rare and exotic
items. The following is a list of reagents used
by all mages.
Black pearl is an exceedingly rare commodity;
fewer than one in ten thousand pearls is black.
They have been found at the base of tall cliffs
on Buccaneer’s Den. While a less than perfect
pearl may be perfectly acceptable for decorative
purposes, the black pearl of a mage must be perfectly
formed or it is virtually worthless. Black pearl
is ground up into a fine powder.
In recent years the only places where this strange
substance can be located are in the Bloody Marsh
across the mountains from Cove (where many years
ago thousands of soldiers lost their lives) or
in the enchanted forest of Spiritwood, beneath
the rotting bark of dead trees.
Certainly this is the most commonly available
of all magical reagents. There are few kitchens
in all of Britannia that are not supplied with
at least a few cloves of this spice. Garlic cloves
are washed and ground into a paste, providing
significant protection from harmful magic.
The healers of our fair land have known of the
healthful and restorative powers of this bitter
root for hundreds of years. But to the mage it
requires special preparation. It must be boiled
and reboiled in the freshest of water no less
than forty times! This reduces it to a strong-smelling
syrup that makes a very potent reagent.
This rare plant extract, found only in the darkest,
dankest corners of the foulest of swamps, is a
most sought after magical reagent. It is also
one of the most difficult of all reagents to prepare,
for in being dug up the tap root of the mandrake
plant must not be broken. Also, that root itself
must be properly prepared, boiled and dried. Mandrake
root can be found on the Blood Marsh and in a
place known as the Fens of the Dead, south of
This plant, found only in swamps, only blooms
at night. The fungal cap from this rare and unusual
mushroom may be either crushed or boiled into
a tea. The mage must always use great care when
handling nightshade, for it is not only a very
potent hallucinogenic, it is also extremely poisonous.
While this is a common reagent, it can be very
difficult to gather any significant quantity of
it from any single source. Mages have been known
to frequent caves and crypts and even run their
own personal spider farms in order to maintain
an abundant supply of spider’s silk. It usually
takes at least an ounce of silk to cast a spell.
The great quantities of ash generated by a volcanic
eruption makes this a common commodity as far
as magical reagents go, but one does usually have
to travel in order to acquire a large quantity
of it. In recent years the most common source
of sulfurous ash has been the Isle of the Avatar,
location of violent volcanic activity many years
iii. The Mage’s Words of Power
The final component necessary for the mage to
cast a spell is the spoken mantra that constitutes
the words of power. Far more than simple memorization
of the words and their meanings is required. The
mage must have a consciousness-altering comprehension
of each individual syllable of a word of power.
The pronunciation of each syllable resonates through
the etheral waves as the spell is being cast.
Incorrect pronunciation invariably causes ethereal
turbulence. Long periods of meditation upon each
syllable and many hours of controlled breathing
exercises are required before the proper use of
the mage’s words of power can be learned. The
following is a list of the known syllables that
make up the words of power.
The mage is able to cast spells when the three
elements - spellbook, reagents and words of power
- are combined in one unique and fluid action.
The mind of the mage must be properly focused,
as some spells affect just one person, other affect
a group of people and still other affect a specific
area. As a mage’s experience in casting spells
increases, so too will the potency of many of
his spells. Outside distractions and interference,
as well as the intended target’s natural resistance,
might prevent the successful casting of any spell.
factor over which the mage has no control is the
state of the ethereal waves when a spell is being
cast. While the ethereal wave are often subject
to turbulence, such turbulence is a temporary
Once again, the author takes it upon himself
to warn his readers that the following is included
as nothing more than a matter of historical record.
It is a statement of absolute fact that most of
these spells do not work and many will turn back
upon the user. The use of magic is strongly suspected
to be the cause of a strange mental deterioration
than can affect anyone who has practiced magic.
The reader is strongly discouraged from experimenting
with the spells listed here.
There are certain spells that a mage will immediately
be able to learn upon completing his apprenticeship.
They are called Linear spells because they do
not directly correspond to any of the eight circles
of magic that exist in the ethereal waves. Linear
spells are the only types of magical spells that
require no reagents to cast.
AN ZU (Awaken)
This spell awakens one sleeping or unconscious
AN FLAM (Douse)
This spell extinguishes any small, non-magical
BET ORT (Fireworks)
This spell creates an impressive display of multi-colored
moving lights. When the mage becomes more experienced,
he can use these lights to frighten his enemies,
sometimes causing them to flee.
BET LOR (Glimmer)
This spell creates a small light source that
lasts for a short period of time.
KAL LOR (Help)
This spell resurrects the mage and his party
and teleports them to Lord British’s castle, where
they will be fully healed. Remember that this
spell is usable only once by any mage.
IN FLAM (Ignite)
This spell generates a tiny missile of sparks
that can ignite flammable material.
VAS KAL (Thunder)
This spell causes a single thunderclap to be
heard, as if a terrible storm is imminent.
REL HUR (Weather)
This spell can create a storm or cause an existing
storm to stop.
The Circles of Magic
There are eight circles of magical spells, each
successive circle representing a more powerful
level of magical energy. The ethereal waves are
made up of eight rings or circles which correspond
to the levels of the spells. Each circle is one
of eight swirling vortices, all spinning one within
another and expanding out through the universe.
The more powerful the spell a mage casts, the
deeper into the inner circles of the ether must
the concentrated psychic energy of the mage penetrate.
Required for the mage are many, many hours of
meditation, the strength of concentration, and
the will to reach into one of the higher circles
with his psychic energy. Every mage is fully aware
that a backlash would upset our physical world,
possibly harming the mage and those around him.
The First Circle of Magic
VAS AN ZU (Awaken All)
Reagents: Ginseng, Garlic
This spell awakens all unconscious members of
the mage’s party.
IN MANI YLEM (Create Food)
Reagents: Garlic, Ginseng, Mandrake Root
This spell creates enough food for the mage and
each member in his party to have one meal.
AN NOX (Cure)
Reagents: Ginseng, Garlic
This spell cures poison and restores a person
afflicted with paralysis. It has also been known
to work against an assortment of other malicious
WIS JUX (Detect Trap)
Reagents: Spider’s Silk, Nightshade
This spell reveals the location of all traps
within sight of the mage and his party.
VAS AN FLAM (Great Douse)
Reagents: Garlic, Spider’s Silk
This spell is a more potent version of the Linear
spell Douse. It extinguishes all dousable items
within a certain area.
VAS IN FLAM (Great Ignite)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Spider’s Silk
This spell is a more potent version of the Linear
spell Ignite. It will cause all flammable items
within a certain area to burst into flame.
IN LOR (Light)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash
This spell is a more potent version of the Linear
spell Glimmer. It creates a source of light that
will illuminate a darkened area. This light source
can travel with the party and lasts for a significant
amount of time.
IN WIS (Locate)
This spell reveals the sextant position of the
mage, even when underground.
The Second Circle of Magic
AN JUX (Destroy Trap)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss
This spell destroys any one specific trap upon
which it is cast.
ORT YLEM (Enchant)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Mandrake Root
This spell causes up to an entire bundle of arrows
or bolts to become enchanted and glow blue. Enchanted
missiles will always hit their target and do significantly
more damage than normal.
VAS FLAM (Fire Blast)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Black Pearl
This spell causes great jets of flame to burst
forth from the mage and strike his target.
VAS LOR (Great Light)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Mandrake Root
This spell is a more potent version of the First
Circle spell Light, and has a substantially longer
VAS AN NOX (Mass Cure)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Garlic, Ginseng
This spell cures the mage and all members of
his party at once.
UUS SANCT (Protection)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Ginseng, Garlic
This spell temporarily makes its subject more
difficult to strike in combat, as well as rendering
him invulnerable to traps and other hazards.
ORT POR YLEM (Telekinesis)
Reagents: Blood Moss, Mandrake Root, Black Pearl
This spell allows the mage to manipulate objects
without touching them.
POR ORT WIS (Wizard Eye)
Reagents: Blood Moss, Nightshade, Mandrake Root,
Sulfurous Ash, Black Pearl, Spider’s Silk
This spell enables the mage to extend his sight
out over great distances, passing through any
barriers that exist between himself and anything
he wishes to look at.
The Third Circle of Magic
DES SANCT (Curse)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Nightshade, Garlic
This spell is a minor curse that temporarily
makes an enemy easier to hit in combat, while
making it harder for him to strike the mage or
any member of his party.
Reagents: Ginseng, Garlic, Spider’s Silk
This spell heals half the injuries that its subject
AN POR (Paralyze)
Reagents: Spider’s Silk, Nightshade
This spell paralyzes an enemy in his tracks for
a short period of time.
VAS WIS (Peer)
Reagents: Nightshade, Mandrake Root
This spell gives the Mage a look at the entire
world as well as showing his location in it.
IN NOX (Poison)
Reagents: Nightshade, Blood Moss, Black Pearl
This spell enables a mage to poison one enemy.
VAS UUS SANCT (Protect All)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Ginseng, Garlic, Mandrake
This spell is the equivalent of casting the Second
Circle spell Protection on every one in the mage’s
IN ZU (Sleep)
Reagents: Nightshade, Spider’s Silk, Black Pearl
This spell causes the enchanted person to fall
KAL BET XEN (Swarm)
This spell summons swarms of insects to attack
the enemies of the mage from all directions.
The Fourth Circle of Magic
KAL XEN (Conjure)
Reagents: Spider’s Silk, Mandrake Root
This spell summons a wild beast that will fight
for the mage against any enemy.
ORT GRAV (Lightning)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Sulfurous Ash, Mandrake
This spell enables the mage to cast a bolt of
lightning that will strike his target. This lightning
is so destructive that no armor can protect its
wearer from it.
KAL POR YLEM (Mark)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Black Pearl, Blood Moss
This spell creates a magical (but invisible)
“mark” on any of eight specific colored stones.
The Fourth Circle spell Recall can then be cast
on that stone.
VAS DES SANCT (Mass Curse)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Nightshade, Garlic,
This spell is similar to the Third Circle spell
Curse, but it affects an entire group of the mage’s
KAL ORT POR (Recall)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Black Pearl, Blood Moss
This spell is a minor spell of teleportation.
Casting it on a Marked stone takes the mage and
his party back to where the Mark spell was cast
on that stone.
WIS QUAS (Reveal)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss
This spell makes visible all things that were
invisible within a specific area.
KAL WIS CORP (Seance)
Reagents: Blood Moss, Mandrake Root, Nightshade,
Spider’s Silk, Sulfurous Ash
This spell allows the mage to speak to all recently
dead ghosts, until sunrise. If one were travelling
to Skara Brae, the wise mage would have a healthy
supply of appropriate reagents to cast this spell
EX POR (Unlock Magic)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss
This spell unlocks magically locked items, including
doors and chests.
The Fifth Circle of Magic
AN XEN EX (Charm)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Nightshade, Spider’s Silk
This spell can be used either to ensorcell an
enemy or creature into doing the mage’s bidding,
or to free one who is under the effects of a charm.
POR XEN (Dance)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Garlic, Blood Moss
This spell makes everyone in sight (except the
mage and his party) start to dance.
AN GRAV (Dispel Field)
Reagents: Garlic, Black Pearl, Sulfurous Ash,
This spell can dispel any type of magical field,
such as a Fire Field.
VAS FLAM HUR (Explosion)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Sulfurous Ash, Black
Pearl, Blood Moss
This spell creates a ball of flame that rushes
toward the mage’s intended target and explodes.
IN FLAM GRAV (Fire Field)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Sulfurous Ash, Spider’s
This spell creates a wall of fire between the
mage and his enemies.
VAS MANI (Great Heal)
Reagents: Ginseng, Spider’s Silk, Mandrake Root,
This spell completely heals an injured person.
SANCT LOR (Invisibility)
Reagents: Nightshade, Blood Moss
This spell renders the mage undetectable, not
only from sight but to all means of normal detection.
There are certain creatures that, for various
reasons, are capable of seeing invisible objects
VAS ZU (Mass Sleep)
Reagents: Ginseng, Nightshade, Spider’s Silk
This spell is a more potent version of the Third
Circle spell Sleep. It puts to sleep a group of
targets that are not in the mage’s party.
The Sixth Circle of Magic
QUAS WIS (Cause Fear)
Reagents: Nightshade, Mandrake Root, Garlic
This spell causes such a wave of fear that each
man and creature who is not in the mage’s party
might flee as if in danger of death.
IN QUAS XEN (Clone)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Spider’s Silk, Blood
Moss, Ginseng, Nightshade, Mandrake Root
This spell creates an exact duplicate of any
mortal creature, who will then fight on the same
side as the original.
KAL FLAM GRAV (Fire Ring)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Black Pearl, Mandrake
Root, Spider’s Silk
This spell create a ring of fire that will encircle
the mage’s target.
VAS IN FLAM GRAV (Flame Strike)
Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Black Pearl, Blood Moss
This spell creates a field of fire at the feet
of all the mage’s enemies that are within sight.
VAS ORT HUR (Magic Storm)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Nightshade, Sulfurous
Ash, Blood Moss
This spell summons a swirling storm that will
randomly attack the enemies of the mage with powerful
bolts of lightning.
IN NOX GRAV (Poison Field)
Reagents: Nightshade, Spider’s Silk, Black Pearl
This spell creates a field of energy that will
poison all who come into contact with it.
IN ZU GRAV (Sleep Field)
Reagents: Ginseng, Spider’s Silk, Black Pearl
This spell creates a thick wall of energy field
where the mage desires. All who enter this energy
field will fall asleep.
VAS POR YLEM (Tremor)
Reagents: Blood Moss, Sulfurous Ash, Mandrake
This spell creates violent tremors in the earth
that will cause the mage’s enemies to tremble
frantically. The effects of this spell will not
inhibit the mage or his party.
The Seventh Circle of Magic
REL YLEM (Create Gold)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Spider’s Silk
This spell changes a chunk of lead into ten gold
CORP POR (Death Bolt)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Nightshade, Sulfurous
This spell enables the mage to project a bolt
of lethal energy at a specified target.
TYM VAS FLAM (Delayed Blast)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Sulfurous Ash, Black
Pearl, Blood Moss, Spider’s Silk
This spell causes whatever it is cast upon to
violently explode, destroying much of the surrounding
area. The explosion is delayed long enough to
give the mage and his party time to get out of
range of the blast.
IN SANCT GRAV (Energy Field)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Spider’s Silk, Black
Pearl, Sulfurous Ash
This spell creates an electrical field that protects
the mage by harming all who attempt to pass through
IN HUR GRAV YLEM (Energy Mist)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Nightshade, Sulfurous
Ash, Blood Moss
This spell causes an electrified mist that flows
from the caster, enveloping his enemies and harming
them as long as they remain within it.
VAS AN XEN EX (Mass Charm)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Nightshade, Spider’s Silk,
This spell is similar to the Fifth Circle spell
Charm, but it affects an entire group of the mage’s
IN VAS POR (Mass Might)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Mandrake Root, Ginseng
This spell doubles the strength and combat abilities
of everyone in the mage’s party.
VAS MANI (Restoration)
Reagents: Ginseng, Garlic, Sulfurous Ash, Mandrake
This spell instantly heals all injury, dispels
all harmful magic and cures all poison or paralysis
inflicting the mage and his party.
The Eighth Circle of Magic
VAS KAL AN MANI IN CORP HUR TYM (Armageddon)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Blood Moss, Garlic, Ginseng,
Mandrake Root, Nightshade, Spider’s Silk, Sulfurous
This spell is believed to be so powerful that
it may be capable of destroying all known living
things in the entire world. Fortunately, this
spell has never been cast!
VAS CORP HUR (Death Vortex)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Nightshade, Sulfurous
Ash, Blood Moss
This spell creates a swirling black vortex at
the point the mage designates, which will thereafter
move at random. Everyone within this vortex will
be continuously struck by lightning.
VAS SANCT LOR (Invisibility All)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Nightshade, Blood Moss,
This spell is the equivalent of casting the Fifth
Circle spell Invisibility upon the mage and everyone
in his party.
VAS CORP (Mass Death)
Reagents: Garlic, Ginseng, Mandrake Root, Nightshade,
This spell causes everyone in sight (except of
the mage and his party) to instantly drop dead.
IN MANI CORP (Resurrect)
Reagent: Garlic, Ginseng, Spider’s Silk, Sulfurous
This spell, when successful, empowers the mage
to restore life in one who has died.
KAL VAS XEN (Summon)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Garlic, Blood Moss
This spell summons a powerful creature that will
fight for the mage and his party.
IN JUX POR YLEM (Swordstrike)
Reagents: Black Pearl, Nightshade, Mandrake Root
This spell creates a deadly pinwheel of eight
spinning swords that sails toward the designated
AN TYM (Time Stop)
Reagents: Mandrake Root, Garlic, Blood Moss
This spell stops the passage of time for the
entire world, with the exception of the mage and
There was once a time when much consideration
was given to the phases of the moon and the movements
of the heavens. There was much concern over an
event, the reoccurrence of which is eminent, called
the “astronomical alignment.” It was said that
the astronomical alignment would create a gateway
between this world and another. In recent times
the astronomical alignment has been all but forgotten.
With the end of the time of magic, it is doubtful
that such an event will have any significance
to anyone but astronomers.
this time of magic, a strange form of travel existed,
through doorways of light that were often called
“Moongates.” There were at least two types of
Moongates - blue and red. Blue Moongates sprang
up wherever fragments of extraterrestrial rocks
called “moonstones” were buried. These gates allowed
magical travel from one gate to another.
Moongates are generated by the powerful artifact
known as the Orb of the Moons. A red Moongate
can take a traveller anywhere in Britannia. It
has even been said that it can also be used to
travel to other worlds. There have only been two
red Moongates in all of known existence - one
used by Lord British, and the other by the Avatar.
is known about these gates, but like magic spells,
Moongates no longer function as they once did.
Use of Moongates today cannot be discouraged strongly
enough. They are dangerous and their use in this
less-than-reliable state has resulted in numerous
The Black Gate
After the game loads, an introductory sequence
automatically begins, but it may be skipped by
pressing [ESC] Then the main menu appears, listing
To select one of these options, single-click
it with the mouse or use the arrow keys and press
[ENTER].To exit the introduction, character creation
or credits, press [ESC].
The introduction reveals how and why the Avatar
has returned to Britannia. Information presented
here is very relevant to your quest. This scene
is the same one that you see the first time you
run the game.
START NEW GAME
This is where character creation takes place.
It must be selected the first time you play the
game. When you are asked to name your character,
type the desired name (up to 14 letters) at the
flashing cursor and press [ENTER]. Next, you determine
the gender of your character. With the mouse or
space bar, select the gender of your choice and
After you first create a character, this option
takes you to the beginning of the actual game.
In future sessions, this option returns you to
your last saved game.
This option lists all of the many people who
worked on Ultima VII.
This section guides you through the first few
minutes of Ultima VII. It doesn't reveal any deep
secrets, but it does introduce you to all of the
basic actions you may perform in the game. It
assumes you are using a mouse, which is highly
recommended by both lolo and Lord British.
scene opens as you, the Avatar, step out of a
red Moongate into the Britannian town of Trinsic.
Before you stand your old friend lolo and the
stable master, Petre.
When lolo addresses you, read each line of text
and then click the left mouse button ("left-click").
Continue until lolo has finished speaking, at
which point he automatically joins your party.
Mayor Finnigan approaches you. Again, left-click
after each line of text. Finnigan asks you to
investigate the Trinsic murder. Position your
mouse cursor (represented by a green arrow) over
the word "Yes" and left-click to answer
asks if you've visited the stables. Put the cursor
on the word "No" and left-click. He
suggests that you visit the stables and you can
begin moving around.
You (the Avatar) are always in the center of the
screen. The stables are through the doorway to
your north (i.e., toward the top of the screen).
Position the cursor so that it points upward (northward)
and right-click. You step to the north. Continue
moving the cursor and right-clicking until you
enter the building.
Things. When you (the Avatar) enter the stables
the roof disappears, allowing you (the player)
to see inside. A horrible murder has occurred!
You can look at each object in the stables by
left-clicking on it. Place the cursor over the
gold key (lying just west of the body) and left-click.
The word "key" appears (to identify
it, if you couldn't tell what it was).
the key will provide a clue. Move the cursor to
the left of the key and click the right mouse
button twice (,'double-right-click"). You
walk to that location. Notice that moving around
is accomplished by right-clicking, and all other
actions, like talking and examining objects, are
accomplished by left-clicking.
Using Things. You don't want to be disturbed
during this investigation, so close the door by
placing the cursor on it and double-left-clicking.
Taking Things. The key may be a clue.
Place the cursor so that the tip of it overlaps
the key. Click and hold down the left mouse button
("left-Click-and-hold"). As you continue
holding, move the cursor around. If the mouse
was properly positioned, the key is attached to
the cursor. Don't let go yet!
To give yourself the key, move the cursor (and
key) over your character and release the left
button. The key will vanish.
Examining Yourself (and other things).
Find out if you have the key by double-left-clicking
on your character. An image of your character
appears (your Inventory Display), with blue lines
indicating the locations of equipment and clothing.
The key is in your right hand.
Put the cursor on the large red check mark and
left-click-and-hold. This lets you move your inventory
window; move it to the upper right corner of the
screen by dragging it in that direction. Release
the button when you are satisfied with the new
You can remove your Inventory Display by left-clicking
on the red check.
Talking to People. Perhaps your companion
Iolo knows more about the murder. To speak with
him, double-left-click on him. His portrait appears,
along with speech. Responses you may select appear
in the center of the screen. Left-lick "Murder"
to discuss the murder with him.
When you are finished talking to lolo, left-lick
on "Bye" to end the conversation.
Further Investigations. There are other
things you might try while inspecting the stables.
It's a good idea to examine everything. Be sure
to check out the dead gargoyle at the north of
the stables, as well as the bag lying on the ground.
You can see the bag's contents by double-left-clicking
on the bag. Try removing items from the bag, such
as the torch. Once the torch is on the around,
you may double-left-click on it to light it. Double-left-click
on it again to extinguish it. (Note that while
the torch is lit you cannot move it into any container.)
In general, open the inventory of everyone in
your party and both single- and double-left-click
on every object. You may discover all sorts of
When you've finished here, you'll want to leave.
You can walk continuously by right-click-and-holding.
You always walk in the direction the cursor points.
The farther the cursor is from the center of the
screen, the faster you travel.
Luck be with you as you journey onward!
Ultima VII is an entirely mouse-driven game.
All action commands are controlled by the two
mouse buttons. However, for those who do not have
a mouse, all commands may also be performed from
USING THE MOUSE
The key point to using the mouse is knowing that
the left button is used to perform actions involving
the hands, and the right button is used to perform
actions involving the feet. The mouse will generally
appear in one of two forms: a green, straight
arrow for normal activity or a red, jagged arrow
Take One Pace
Use/Talk/Attack Find a Path
MOVING YOUR CHARACTER (RIGHT-CLICKING)
To make yourself walk, simply point the arrow
in the direction you wish to travel and right-click-and-hold.
The farther the arrow is from you, the longer
it gets, and the faster you travel. To stop moving,
release the right button.
When danger is near, your speed is limited in
proportion to your dexterity.
Double-right-clicking on a point on the screen
makes you walk to that location, providing no
obstacles bar the way (e.g., a locked door).
MANIPULATING OBJECTS (LEFT-CLICKING)
The left mouse button is used to look, move,
use or attack.
To bring up a short description of an object,
left-click on it.
Many objects may be moved from one location to
another. To move something that is portable, left-click-and-hold
on the object. The cursor changes to a hand to
indicate that you are holding an object. Move
the cursor over the desired destination and release
Releasing the item over a character places the
item inside that character's inventory. If his
Inventory Display is open, dropping the item on
a container within the display places the item
inside of that container (see Inventory Display).
If a container is not in anyone's inventory,
it must be open (its display visible) to drop
an item into it.
If an object is too heavy or too large to fit
inside a container, or if you can't reach it,
a message saying so appears in red above the object.
To use an object, double-left-click on it. Each
type of item functions uniquely when used. For
example, using an unlit lamp will light it; using
a lit lamp will extinguish it.
Some objects may be used on other objects (e.g.,
a bucket on a well). Double-left-clicking on such
an item turns the cursor into green crosshairs.
Moving these to the target item and left-clicking
uses the first item on the second.
Double-left-clicking on many usable objects brings
up a display that provides more information about
that object. For example, double-left-clicking
on a chest brings up a display that reveals the
contents of the chest. The contents may then be
moved and manipulated like any other object within
the world. The bodies of fallen foes are treated
like chests for these purposes.
In addition, the displays themselves may be moved
in the same manner as moving an object - left-click,
drag, release. Single-clicking on the red check
at the left side of the display or pressing [ESC]
will close that display.
"Using" a person has several meanings.
Double-clicking on a person while not in combat
will initiate a conversation with that person.
(For more information on how conversations work,
see Screen Display.) However, doing so
while in combat mode indicates that you wish to
attack that person. If you are clicking on a member
of your party while in combat mode or while your
Inventory Display is up, that member's Inventory
Display will appear.
"Using" the Avatar will bring up your
character's inventory (see Inventory Display).
To use a cart, double-left-click on a chair in
the cart. Once all of the characters are seated,
move the cart as if you were moving the Avatar.
A boat operates under the same principle, but
you must double-left-click on the sails instead
of a chair. To stop using a cart or boat, double-left-click
again on the chair or the sails, respectively.
While in combat mode, double-left-clicking the
cursor on another person who is not in your party
or on an object initiates an attack on that person
or object. If you are in combat mode, and in any
attack mode other than Manual Mode (see Combat),
you automatically attack any nearby hostile foes.
USING THE KEYBOARD
Though using a mouse is highly recommended, the
keyboard may be used as a substitute if you have
no mouse installed.
The arrow keys may be pressed to walk one step
in the desired direction. Holding the shift key
down while pressing an arrow key will allow the
Avatar to take three steps instead of one. if
[Num-Lock] is on during play, every step
will be a triple one.
Press [Spacebar] to make the hand cursor visible.
Now the arrow keys will move the cursor instead
of the Avatar. Holding down [Shift] will increase
the rate at which the cursor travels.
Treat [Ctrl] as if it were the left mouse button.
For example, a single "click" identifies
an object, while a “double-click" uses it.
If you are in any attack mode, there is no red
cursor to remind you, but "double-clicking"
still initiates an attack.
In Ultima VII. the entire screen is devoted to
displaying the map. Any messages or other relevant
information appear over the game map, at various
During conversations, a portrait of the character
are speaking to appears in the upper left corner
of the screen, with ail of his text appearing
to the right of the portrait. If any Other characters
interject, their portraits appear in the lower
left corner of the screen with their text just
to the right of their portrait. During conversations,
your portrait appears in the center of the screen,
with your word options appearing to the right
of your portrait. Selecting a word or phrase from
your options initiates a response from the character
you're talking to.
Text that identifies an object appears just above
that object. Text that appears just above a character
icon means that that particular character has
When you double-left-click on yourself, your
Inventory Display appears. This is also true of
any character in your party, as long as you
have first brought up your own Inventory Display.
Dove/Flaming Sword. At the left of the
Inventory Display is either a dove (non-combat
mode) or a flaming sword (combat mode) icon. Left-click
on this icon to switch from one mode to the other.
During play, the color of the cursor arrow indicates
whether you are in non-combat mode (green) or
combat mode (red).
Containers. Double-left-Clicking on any
container in your inventory reveals the contents
of that container.
Disk. On the right side of the Inventory
Display is a disk icon. Left-clicking on this
brings up a window that permits you to load or
save a game, turn sound and music on and off,
or exit the game.
Heart. Below the disk is a heart. Left-clicking
on this icon reveals the Status Display.
Numbers. At the bottom of the Inventory
Display is a number next to another number (e.g.,
"24/36"). The number on the left is
the weight that the character is carrying expressed
as stones. The number on the right is the maximum
number of stones that the character can carry.
When buying items from shopkeepers, you are told
if an item is too heavy for you to carry.
In addition to weight, items also have volume.
Sometimes you are told that you cannot carry an
item because your hands or your packs are full.
By rearranging your equipment (e.g. putting a
weapon in your pack or buying another backpack),
you may be able to carry the new item.
Current Attack Mode and Protected Halo
are described in Combat.
Double-left-clicking on the spell book in your
Inventory Display brings up its display. To Cast
a spell, double-left-click on that spell’s icon.
To select a spell without casting it, left-click
on its icon in the spell book. The buckle on the
bookmark moves to that Spell.
There are six spells (Fire Blast, Paralyze,
Lightning, Explosion, Death Bolt and Sword Strike)
that may be cast in combat by double-left-clicking
on a target as if attacking it. If the spell book
is in your hand and the book was closed while
that spell was selected (the bookmark's buckle
was on that spell), using the mouse to attack
causes you to cast that specific spell (as long
as you have the spell points and reagents necessary).
Also, if you (the Avatar) are not in Manual Mode
and have your spell book ready (in hand), you
cast spells automatically.
The Status Display lists a character's current
attributes, both primary and secondary, and whether
that character is unconscious, poisoned, charmed,
hungry, protected, cursed or paralyzed.
Strength, Dexterity and Intelligence are the
primary attributer, With values ranging from 1
to 30. The higher an attribute is, the better.
The remaining attributes are secondary statistics.
Strength determines several things, including
how much you can carry, how much (if any) additional
damage you do with a hand-to-hand weapon, and
how many Hits you can take before dying.
Dexterity affects such things as how fast
you are and how well you pick locks. Faster characters
can move and attack more often than slower ones.
Dexterity determines your Combat skill.
Intelligence determines several things,
including your Magic skill and how well you cast
Combat. Your base combat skill is derived
directly from your dexterity. It determines how
likely you are to hit in combat with normal weapons.
Magic. Your base magic skill is derived
directly from your intelligence. It determines
the maximum number of Mana points you can have.
Hits are derived directly from your strength.
They are reduced by damage, poison and hunger.
When your Hits reach 0, you are unconscious.
Mana records the current number of Mana
points you have at that moment. The less active
you are, the greater the rate at which Mana points
Level indicates your overall prowess.
As you gain experience (see below), your level
increases. As your level increases, you have the
opportunity to raise one or more of your primary
attributes. In addition, Hits usually increase
as your level does.
Experience points (Exp) are a measure
of your accomplishments. Every time you solve
a quest or slay a monster, each member of your
party gains experience points. After earning the
required number of points, a character's level
Training points are accrued with experience
points. To increase strength, dexterity, intelligence,
combat or magic, you must find a trainer who teaches
expertise in that specific attribute. if you pay
the trainer's fee and "trade in" training
points (representing your study and practice with
the trainer), the attribute you are concentrating
In the lower left corner of each character's
inventory Display is an icon representing the
attack mode for that character when he is in combat.
The following attack modes are available:
may direct each combat action.
Attack weakest The character will attack
the weakest opponent.
Attack strongest The character will attack
the strongest opponent.
The character will be less effective at hitting
and more effective at dodging blows.
Attack nearest The character will attack
the nearest opponent.
The character will never flee, regardless of wounds.
character will retreat from any opponents in an
The character will attack a random foe.
The character will attempt to protect the party
member in Protected Mode.
The character will attempt to Flank the enemy
(to either side).
If the Avatar's attack mode is anything but Manual
Mode, he selects targets on his own (according
to the rules of his attack mode) and fights those
opponents without any further input from the player.
The player may override control at any time (by
double-left-clicking on a specific target to attack
it, right-click-and-holding to lead the Avatar
in a certain direction, etc.).
When not in Manual Mode, the Avatar does not
select fleeing or disabled (sleeping, paralyzed
or unconscious) targets on his own, and breaks
off an attack once any of these conditions are
met. To make the Avatar pursue an enemy to the
death, double-left-click on the opponent after
it has already fled or been disabled.
If a party member is seriously injured, he may
flee. Neither the Avatar nor party members in
Berserk Mode will ever flee. Normally, fleeing
characters might drop some of their possessions.
Party members who have been set to Flee Mode will
make an orderly retreat and will not drop any
of their possessions.
Protected "Mode" and Protect Mode
You may designate a party member to be protected
by clicking on the "halo" just above
that character's attack mode icon. It turns gold,
indicating that this party member is to be protected.
Only one person in the party may be protected
at any one time.
Note that if you have not designated any party
member to be protected ("turned his halo
on"), an injured party member may turn his
own halo on and call out to other party members
for protection. Any party members that are in
Protect Mode will follow this injured character
around and attempt to protect him. Effectively,
any protecting character's main concern is for
the welfare of the protected individual, and he
will fight anyone who attacks the protected character
until there is no longer a threat.
combat mode on and off
Opens up the Inventory Display of each party member,
beginning with the Avatar.
Opens up the Statistics Display for each party
member, beginning with the Avatar.
Opens up the Save/Load Window.
all audio effects on and off
a scroll showing the version number of your copy
of Ultima VII
Exits Ultima VII and returns to DOS
the “handedness” of the mouse by swapping the
functions of the left and right moues buttons.
The left button is now used to move around, and
the right button to manipulate objects. This “H”
toggle affects only the mouse, not keyboard commands.
Closes Save/Load windows, if it is open. If Save/Load
is not open, closes all open displays and windows.
FORGE OF VIRTUE
A Guide to the
ISLE OF FIRE
gentle scholar. I have yet to believe my senses fully, for it seems
but yesterday that I was within the Lycaeum walls investigating
the rumors of this strange and wondrous isle. And now I sit here
in my new home, surrounded by history itself.
consider what significant history it is! The very isle from which
the fearsome Exodus began its assault upon Britannia. The very isle
that later housed the Three Principle Shrines of Virtue. The very
isle that sank beneath the waves several centuries ago....
upon that island, the Isle of Fire, that I compose this document.
Here, at the very floor of the sea, encased in a time-tested breathing
enchantment of a mage I never met, I am privy to all that was spawned
by the Age of Darkness. I write this now as completely as I am able,
for I know full well that, following much more exploration, I will
be too engrossed in the many archaic splendors to keep detailed
records. Read on, fellow student of life, and be amazed.
HISTORY OF THE ISLE OF FIRE
My readers will forgive the sparse and vague details of my retelling,
for all this is simply memories gleaned from weeks, nay months,
spent buried in the depths of the Lycaeum: Shortly after Exodus'
fall at the hands of the Stranger (who would later become known
as the Avatar), Lord British created the eight Shrines of the Virtues.
In addition, he established three shrines dedicated to the Principles
of Truth, Love, and Courage, which he had placed on Exodus' home
island, known is the Isle of Fire. While all of these shrines were
crafted to benefit every citizen of Britannia, Lord British's primary
concern was to locate a protector, an Avatar, to assist Britannia
in times of need. indeed. Lord British was planning the successor
to the Age of Darkness - the Age of Enlightenment.
dawn of the new era, Lord British begin his plans not only to locate
the Avatar, but to ensure his agent could protect the Virtues as
well is exemplify them. Thus, he chose to guard the three Shrines
of the Principles with creatures and traps, for only the Avatar
should be able to benefit directly from their powers. Commissioning
a slew of mages and engineers, Lord British oversaw the implementation
of these foils, along with the constriction of the actual Shrines.
In addition, he instilled within the Shrines the ability to adapt
to the dynamic nature of the environment, thus insuring the tests
would survive the trials of time. Many months later, the island
was ready. The call for the Avatar Was sent out.
while the search was still in its infancy, the island disappeared.
Well, sank really, but for reasons that are Still mysterious. (Actually,
I suspect there is a correlation between this event and the Gargoyle's
use of Exodus as a physical manifestation for Diligence.) When word
of the island's misfortune reached Lord British, he thought both
the isle and the Shrines lost forever.
all I know, save for the location of the island. However, lest thou
consider the legends false, consider first that thou art reading
a document written from within the walls of the ancient Castle of'
moment, there is little hope of another ever laying eyes upon this
watery land. Although one could survive here, thanks to the envelope
of air that Astelleron created to permit breathing, it is doubtful
someone else could travel here Without possessing my vast knowledge
in summoning and controlling giant sea creatures. Doubtful that
is, until I find the way to make this island rise again. When it
is in its proper place, atop the Sea, then wilt thou share mine
the Isle of Fire an island is a partial misnomer, for, thou dost
see, there are actually three such islands. The main land, upon
which sits the Castle of Fire, is by far the largest of the three.
The castle is surrounded by mountains that contain several tunnels.
judging by what I have seen, these dungeons were excavated to hold
the various tests designed to challenge the Avatar, for all three
of them can be reached from within the castle walls. In addition
to these entrances, the castle houses the Shrine of the Principles,
in which can be found the actual three Shrines of Truth, Love, and
island holds nothing of interest, but the middle seems to possess
as much of historical importance as its larger sister. The eastern
side is almost devoid of plant life, and the sand and rocks indicate
this was once a small quarry. Perhaps this is where Astelleron fabricated
the legendary stone guardians of the Shrines. Nearby his shack,
also preserved by the air bubble. My exploration has been cursory
thus far, but the books I saw in the house indicate an educated
individual. More confirmation for my hypothesis? There are two caves
in the area, as well as a Moongate leading to and from the main
island. The east cave exits into the open air, but this area is
enchanted, and teleports me to a tunnel leading to a secluded glade.
I cannot yet place the recollection, but I am sure the grouping
of stones, with a tree taking root in the center one, is familiar
to me. Perhaps when I have seen more detail I will record my observations,
but for now, this sums up my knowledge of the geographical aspects
of the island.
There is little remarkably different about most of the animals
of the Isle of' Fire- I have seen the rodents and the deer and a
few members of the avian species. And, in fact, the castle walls
are scorched in places - the aftermath of a dragon's assault upon
the castle. The dragon has taken up residence here in one the tunnels
of the main cave. During her raid, she stole from me the Ether Gem,
a possession of reasonable importance. As soon as I can find a way
to retrieve it, her head shall be mine.
I digress. By far the most intriguing creatures I have come across
are the stone golems. I had heard nothing more than mere rumors
prior to my arrival here, but seeing the mobile masses of rock have
convinced me of their existence. Astelleron was quite a master,
indeed, for his workmanship is beautiful. I know nothing of their-
sentience, for they have never spoken to me. To be honest, I am
not even sure they are aware of my intrusion, for I have yet to
venture near one of the Shrines. I hope soon to journey back to
what I have assumed is Astelleron's hovel and learn more about their
creation, but that will come after my other research. Regardless
of how the golems were constructed, I am confident more than an
ordinary sword would be necessary to Stop them.
I have had a bit more time to view the island now. There is too
much to see and record, but I will put down what I can before something
else reclaims my fancy. Having noticed that the silent stone guardians
had left the Shrine room unattended after the dragon's attack, I
decided to inspect the three statues.
spoke with the haggard old man, presuming he, or- rather it, would
represent Truth. I was not disappointed. I was, however, surprised,
for upon initiating conversation (after all, what else should one
do with a Shrine of the Principles?), I found myself magically teleported
inside one of the dungeons. I chose not to explore, for I hastily
remembered a tome to which I was in a hurry to get back. However,
I was reminded of an ancient piece of wisdom: never trust the obvious;
always took for that which is not there. Afterwards I stepped back
into a Moongate and returned to the Shrine room.
little from the Shrine of Love, so I set out through one of the
Moongates south of the Shrine room, found behind a secret door.
I arrived back on the smaller isle. Entering the western cave, I
passed by several barrels and some supplies, obviously left over
from Astelleron's days there. Passing his shack, I noticed a golem
Standing near the quarry remains. He was staring at one of "his"
fellows, who had taken a very bad fall, it seemed. I stole by them
and entered the Other cave. Passing into a small outside opening,
I was teleported into the passage leading to the little glade I
had seen earlier.
As I spied
the rocks and the tree again, I was able to place both. The rocks
,were denoting the legendary Stone of Castambre, and the tree was
none other thin its accompanying Tree of Life. Beyond a doubt this
was one of Astelleron's sources for powering his awesome golems.
I must locate his journals an to read more, but - if my memory serves-
the Tree of Life likely supplied not only the blood for his magicks,
but the "hearts" as well.
I investigated the other moongate within the Castle of Fire. This
one led to yet another labyrinth. I saw more golems here than in
either of the other two dungeons, and remember seeing at least one
man. However, he seemed no more interested in me then I was in him,
so we both ignored each other. Peering around a corner, I caught
sight of a huge and magnificent dragon - doubtless the one I encountered
earlier. Behind her was a door. I cannot guess what lay beyond,
but her protective nature was probably indicative if its importance.
Though I am too busy to waste time testing my idea, I expect the
dragon would be quite difficult to conquer.
I continue I must pause to jot down a new idea. I believe this will
permit me to lengthen the time of most movement-based spells. All
I need to do is increase the proportion of spider silk in relation
to the amount of blood moss I have and...
discovered something of terrible interest. The dark cylinder I found
on the second floor is more magical than I first detected. I have
touched it, symbolically speaking, for it lives. Well, not is a
man or a plant, but as in embodiment of powerful energy. I have
not fully determined this, but I suspect this is the remains of
the infamous core of Exodus. When I have completed my studies and
returned to the surface world, I must seek out the great lenses
to the void and view the Book of Infinite Wisdom. There I will be
able to confirm my suspicions.
... Another flash! Perhaps, were I to combine the lenses in an
alternate manner, I could amplify the effects and bring other objects
from the void into being. Then I could...
I expect that if thou art perusing these pages then I have already
bade the island arise. I hope my guides and warnings are of use
to thee. As I plan to be around for a long time, or at least expect
my enchantments to, I request that thou dost locate my soon, for
there is no doubt this journal will be lacking. At such a time,
I will do my best to break from my studies and be civil enough to
provide further assistance. Until then, gentle reader, I wish thee
good will and good luck in finding and sharing this history with