Ultima VII Player's Guide By Ganesh
Ultima VII: The Black Gate
Player's Guide Typed from Manual by G.GANESH
Version 1.6 Second Major Release (1.5 - 1.6:
Copyright(©) 2001. All Rights Reserved.
- Answers to copy-protection
questions in the game
- Getting Started
- Introductory Walkthrough
- and more . . .
This document is typed from
the original manual itself for the benefit of
people who dont know how to play the game.
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The Manual Starts here . . .
In Ultima VII - The Black Gate, in order to advance
in gameplay, you must be able to correctly answer
questions about a map and other topics. The following
lists the questions and their correct answers:
(Author's Note : This part of the information
must be kept private, or else, that is illegal)
- Insert the CD-ROM into your
- At the DOS prompt, type
the letter of your CD-ROM drive then <Enter>.
- Type CD\ULTIMA7 <Enter>
- Type INSTALL D: C: <Enter>.
Substitute the correct drive for your CD-ROM
and hard drives.
- Once installation is complete,
type ULTIMA7 <Enter> to play.
Ultima VII uses a special memory manager called
"Voodoo." This manager, created by
ORIGIN, comes with your Ultima VII game. Voodoo
will run on any 386SX or higher IBM PC compatible
computer. It uses extended memory, so it can
co-exist with the HIMEM.SYS driver. However,
HIMEM.SYS is not necessary for Voodoo to function.
Expanded Memory (e.g., Qemm, 386MAX or EMM386).
The other popular
memory manager, called Expanded memory manager
(EMS), is not compatible with Voodoo. If you are
using an expanded memory manager (such as QEMM,
386MAX or EMM386) you must remove it to run Ultima
VII. If you do not know how to do this (and if
the following instructions dont help you),
please call ORIGIN Customer Service for assistance.
If you are familiar with this process, disable
the EMS memory manager. The acceptable minimum
configuration is an empty AUTOEXEC.BAT and a CONFIG.SYS
with the lines:
* Your mouse
driver may be located on another path. Replace
C:\MOUSE with the correct path if neccessary.
If you wish to retain your original CONFIG.SYS
file, refer to your DOS manual for how to copy
it to another file name before making changes.
HIMEM.SYS or XMM.
As mentioned above, an extended memory manager
(XMM) such as HIMEM.SYS (which is compatible
with MS-DOS 3.3 or higher) is compatible with
Voodoo, and does not require disabling.
If you have
more than two megabytes of RAM, a disk cache will
improve upon extended memory and increase the
speed of the game. However, if you have a disk
caching program that caches the floppy drive,
we recommend that you disable the floppy caching
before installing or running the game.
must have at least 640k of RAM plus one megabyte
of extended memory to play ULTIMA VII The Black
Gate. Regardless of the amount of RAM your computer
possesses, there must be 524,000 bytes free to
run the game. Sound and speech options can push
this total to 561,144 bytes of DOS memory.
To find out
how much free RAM your computer has before installation,
run the DOS program, CHKDSK, by typing "CHKDSK"
at the root directory (e.g.,C:\>CHKDSK). On
some machines, CHKDSK may be located inside the
\DOS directory. When you run the program, the
last line of the information presented tells you
how much free RAM there is. For example, the last
line might tell you that the system has 565,239
If you have
less than the required amount of RAM, you will
not be able to run the game until additional memory
is freed. If you are not familiar with this process,
please call ORIGIN Customer Service.
If you are familiar
with this process, you can:
- Remove any TSRs and disk
caches from your configuration.
- Use the DOS=HIGH command
if you use DOS 5.0 or above.
- Remove from your AUTOEXEC.BAT
and CONFIG.SYS files any memory-resident programs
that are unnecessary for system usage. You can
alter these files with the text editors included
with MS-DOS. Consult your DOS manual for information
on how to do any of these.
- Create a floppy boot disk
(see the Problems with the Game section
for how to do this). Be sure to include in your
CONFIG.SYS file the information on page 2.
your AUTOEXEC.BAT or CONFIG.SYS files completely,
for without them, your computer will not function
as you expect it to.
At some time
you may want to reinstall the game (generally,
to change or add a sound card, or to adjust the
IRQ/DMA settings). Follow these directions. (You
wont need to use the CD-ROM the program
- Type the letter of the hard
drive where you installed Ultima VII.
- Change directory to where
the Ultima VII files are (e.g. type CD\ULTIMA7
- Type INSTALL <Enter>.
- Follow the instructions
for changing any of the Ultima VII settings.
are a few common problems and their solutions.
Speech fails to work after
playing for only a short while
You may have
chosen an incorrect IRQ setting for your sound
card. Reinstall the game from your hard disk to
change the IRQ.
Speech skips lines of dialogue.
You may have
an IRQ conflict. This means that another card
is operating on the same IRQ as your sound card.
Ultima VII fails to load
or run properly.
You may not
have enough RAM. Run CHKDSK to determine your
computers available RAM. Free up RAM if
You may have
a memory-resident TSR program that conflicts with
the game. Boot the computer from a DOS system
floppy disk or remove memory-resident programs
before running the game. See Voodoo earlier in
this manual and Making a Floppy Boot Disk at the
end of this manual.
You may need
to remove your expanded memory manager.
You may have
filled all free space on the active disk drive.
The mouse pointer doesnt
Ultima VII supports
the Microsoft Mouse and Microsoft Mouse Driver,
version 7.0. Some other mouse brands may not be
The game runs too slowly.
Your hard drive
may be fragmented. Run an optimization program,
such as DOS 6s DEFRAG.
You may be able
to use a disk caching program. If you have 4+
megabytes on your machine, a disk caching program
can speed up your game.
None of the suggestions
seem to help.
Refer to ORIGIN
Technical Support information at the end of this
To load Ultima
VII, go to the drive that contains your game,
then go to the directory containing your game
(e.g. CD\ULTIMA7). Type ULTIMA7 to start the game.
After the game
loads, an introductory sequence automatically
begins, but it may be skipped by pressing Escape.
Then the main menu appears, listing four options:
START NEW GAME
To select on
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,
reveals how and why the AvatarTM 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
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 press Enter.
After you first
create the first character, this option takes
you to the beginning of the actual game. In future
sessions, this option returns you to your last
lists all of the many people who worked on Ultima
guides you through the first few minutes of Ultima
VII. It doesnt 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 Iolo and Lord British.
The scene opens
as you, the Avatar, step out of a red Moongate
into the Britannian town of Trinsic. Before you
stand your old friend Iolo and the stable master,
Conversations. When Iolo
addresses you, read each line of text and then
click the left mouse button ("left-click").
Continue until Iolo has finished speaking, at
which point he automatically joins your party.
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 him.
if youve 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.
Moving. 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.
Examining 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 couldnt
tell what it was).
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 dont
want to be disturbed during this invertigation,
so close the door by placing the cursor on it
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. Dont 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 position.
You can remove your Inventory Display by left-clicking
on the red check.
Talking to People. Perhaps
your companion Iolo knows more than 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-click on "Murder" to discuss the
murder with him.
When you are
finished talking to Iolo, left-click on "Bye"
to end the conversation.
There are other things you might try while inspecting
the stables. Its 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 bags
contents by double-left-clicking on the bag. Try
removing items from the bag, such as the torch.
Once the torch is on the ground, 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 handy
finished here, youll want to leave. You
can talk continuously by right-click-and-holding.
You always walk in the direction the cursor points.
The further the cursor is from the center of the
screen, the faster you travel. Luck be with you
as you journey onward!
The Book Of The Fellowship
The Story of Batlin Part the
My 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 known were men of valorous heart on the battlefield,
but off it little more than thugs. These men were
not mere fighters, but Paladins. They were all
skilled swordsmen and expert horse-men, as well
as learned scholars and perfectly mannered gentleman.
Above all, they were devoted to the preserva-tion
of honor. It was with eager grati-tude that I
accepted their invitation to join them. The following
years were filled with excitement, as we jour-neyed
through the and, righting wrongs and helping those
in need! During 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 treatments (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 pro-cess takes place mostly in
ones mind and have since placed no trust
in healers who greedily prey upon the afflicted.
At that time, the town of Minoc was in need of
a Tinker. As I healed, I sup-ported 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 towns-people
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.
Then, 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. Liv-ing with them reminded me very much
of my druid childhood in Yewwith 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. Leaving their band, I gave away
all of my possessions and for months I wan-dered
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.
The Two Brothers and the Trickster On 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. Their 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. One 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 inter-est.
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. The 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. At 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 the 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
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 an intrusion upon their privacy. Not 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 some-thing 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. The 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 Britannias
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.
The Ratification of Wise Lord
It 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 upon me. I 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 refused.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.
This time there were several workmen 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. Then
he ordered the workmen to re-move me as well!
Angrily 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 of gold. I ran back to the
palace as fast as I could. At 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. Our 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 under-standing
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.
After a long moment, Lord British replied. Batlin,
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 for thee is unequivocal.
Thus was born The Fellowship.
The Commerce Of Brittania
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 then 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 compe-tition in the end.
The Farmers Market
At the Farmers 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 historyperhaps 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 or adventurer may find himself in
need of, and the one place where nearly all of
these might be found for sale is the local Provisioners
There is no faster mode of land travel than 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
ones health is great, especially in times
of inclement weather.
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 Fitzbowen,
the proprietor of the establishment that has come
to be called Iolos Bows. So
popular is this bowyers shop that a similar
establishment was set up in Serpents 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 ships deed of
A Bestiary of Brittania
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 capability. Emps are
so named for 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 capability, 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.
Ghost 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 is strangulation.
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
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 destroying crops.
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 bite 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 lightning.
As it is a creature made of dry deadwood, it is
quite vulnerable to fire.
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 asingle 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
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
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 young 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 rareso
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 seem 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 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.
History And Customs Of The Adventurer Classes
The Fighter Class
Many Britannian fighters receive formal training
in the martial arts at Serpents 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 gener-ally possess great
strength and endurance, a proficiency with many
types of weap-ons 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 im-portant part in society
by recording local history in such a way that
it is well re-membered, through rousing tale and
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 mages
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. What 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, mak-ing the
mages life one of constant uncertainty.
The Book Of
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 Mages Spellbook
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 mages spellbook
contains several basic magical spells called linear
spells. These too will be explained in their own
The Mages 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 Buccaneers 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 Bloody 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 spiders 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
The Mages 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 com-prehension
of each individual syllable of a word of power.
The pronunciation of each syllable resonates through
the ethereal waves as the spell is being cast.
Incor-rect pronunciation invariably causes ethereal
turbulence. Long periods of medita-tion upon each
syllable and many hours of controlled breathing
exercises are re-quired before the proper use
of the mages 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 elementsspellbook, reagents
and words of powerare combined in one unique
and fluid action. The mind of the mage must be
properly focused, as some spells affect just one
person, others affect a group of people and still
others affect a specific area. As a mages
experience in casting spells increases, so too
will the potency of many of his spells. Outside
distractions and interference, as well as the
intended targets natural resistance, might
prevent the successful casting of any spell. One
factor over which the mage has no control is the
state of the ethereal waves when a spell is being
cast. While the ethereal waves 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.
Cosmology 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. During 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. Red 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. Little 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 fatalities.