Ultima VIII - Day 10

I think I’ve blown my chance to find the secret ghost armor. Jenna is mad at me and there is no way to continue the sub plot. Doh!

Back to the main quest. My next challenge was to find Hydros, Titan of water. The location was not too clear. Carthax lake was mentioned. I eventually found it.


Over a dry crater I climb bridges hanging high in the air, Hydros is trapped in a small pool of water. She asks me to set her free and I agree.

Ultima VIII - Day 9

The plot thickens as they say. After activating my foci and discovering who really stole the focus from Xavier I made my way to windy point to speak with Stratos.

Torwin Jumps

I confront Torwin and he confesses all. He then jumps off the edge, great another dead body. Doh! I then make the leap of faith myself and with the help of Stratos I make it to a ledge.


Ultima VIII - Day 8

After my non productive day I finally stumbled onto the path again. There is a door on the eastern edge of the UpperCatacombs that opens to another level above. Here I found a door and using the key given to me by Vividos this led me to Argentrock Isle.

Argentrock Isle

As I cross the bridge a wind picks up. I’m in the domain of Stratos, titan of the air. I come across a city where I meet a mage called Xavier. I ask him for enlightenment, he tests me. Failing the first time I head over to the library and start reading the books there.

The second time around there is no doubt in my mind. He then asks me to take the Centreness test. I make my way over to windy point and climb up.

Ultima VIII - Day 7

Well, a bit of a non-productive day. I find with Ultima VIII there are moments when you have no idea where to go or continue the plot. Today was one of those days.

The clue to go on was I need to find the three remaining titans and take the power from them. Two on the surface and one underground, thats pretty broad.

In the end I have to head back to the upper-catacombs and use the skull of quakes to find the teleporter.


I still need to find more obsidians in order to purchase the next scroll from Mythran. Lets hope I get some drops. I’m thinking I will have to continue up because I’ve been everywhere else. Lets see where the path leads me.


Ultima VIII - Day 6

Roland SC-55 MKII

Just thought I would show you my setup. Mac Pro Quad Core 2,8ghz with a Roland MT-32 and SC-55 MKII running under DOSBOX. Ultima VIII sounds absolutely amazing now. Ultima VIII was written for the Roland SC-55 and general midi.

I managed to find a cool website dedicated to the music of the Ultima series. The Rabbit’s Lair. Here is a sample of the Roland SC-55 in action. The music from the Zealans.


Ultima VIII - Day 5

What a day. I stumbled across a site that mentioned that they were given access to old Origin Systems data and that they had found a tape labeled U8-Project Archive. I instantly though of the Lost Vale expansion. This was all in vain as doing a little research and speaking to the people involved it turned out the tape was only full of images and press material, no Lost Vale Source code. Looks like its lost forever.

Back to the blogging...After meeting the Mountain King I head back to the cemetery and inter Lothien.

Interring Lothien

Her remains are present and the ceremony begins. The Mountain King speaks and the body is taken back to the earth. My next job is to try and free Devon. He was taken by Mordea’s guards and thrown into jail. After speaking with him I need to locate the information Bentic was compiling before he was killed. It sounds like he was in over his neck.

Ultima VIII - Day 4

Well this is certainly getting interesting. After spending a load of time in the dungeons I finally made my way to Stone Cove where I found a patch of earth to create the earth Golem the necromancer told me about.

Earth Golem

The Golem opened the doors with ease. As I wander in the doors close shut behind me. This is the Hall of the Mountain King. I have to locate him.


Ultima VIII - Day 3

Today has been a great day. I did get sort of stuck in Tenebrae earlier. It took me a while to find the plot path again. I needed to locate the necromancer in the graveyard out of town. Following the road to the East I find the graveyard.


Vividos is found walking outside. He explains to me the ceremonial dagger has been taken and that I need to recover it so he can finish the ceremony. I go back to the castle and try and break in to Mordea’s room. I manage to get half way. I speak to Aramina and she tells me to meet her at bloodwatch.


Ultima VIII - Day 2

I don’t know why everyone slagged off Ultima VIII so much? I think its great. Day two and I’m finally starting to get a path and work out how it all works.

Teleport Castle Terabrae

I found out the use of the teleport pads. Very cool. Makes it easier to get around Pagan. Not that its that big :) I have not found the keyring yet but I’m sure its close.


Ultima VIII - Day 1

A shame to see the end of Ultima VII Part Two but also I was hanging out to play Ultima VIII. Back in 1995 when it was released I only played it a little and did not get really far before ditching it for something else. Maybe because I did not have a decent computer to run it.

Ultima VIII Pagan


Ultima VII Part Two - Day 12

On Sunrise Isle. I can feel the end of the game is near. It really has been a long and hard game. I admit I’ve referred to the guide book a few times as some parts are not as clear as The Black Gate.

Sunrise Isle

Here I need to locate all the shrines and put the opposite representation of each item on the various pedestals of each shrine. A book appears and tells me I need to put it on the ground in front of the pillars.

Doing this and bridges appear. I cross the bridges and finally arrive at the grand shrine of balance. Read More...

Ultima VII Part Two - Day 11

Today seemed a little better as I did not have to restore and go back to any previous saved games. After being greeted by the crazy Iolo I made my way through the Castle of the White Dragon.

Crazy Iolo

Iolo keeps popping up and trying to unleash his minions on me. I make my way further into the castle and find the nursery. Dead kids...

Ulima VII Part Two - Day 10

Here’s where things get a bit messy. Not having the correct items or not transcribing a spell to the spell book can really mess things up.

After getting back on track I head over to Monk Isle and the monks tell me about a certain Serpent amour. I must seek Lady. To Fawn I go. When I arrive in Fawn I’m s topped by Rigs and he mentions Lady Yelinda has gone off to the Gorlab swap. I hastily follow after her only to find a ghastly figure.

Lady Yelinda

I restore her beauty by giving her the comb of beauty, in return she give me the key to her armory. Nice! Read More...

Ultima VII Part Two - Day 9

Man this game is massive. Not sure how many hours of playing time they state but its darn big.

Finally I get back to Monk Isle and give Gwenno the water. She recovers and starts researching in the library. She discovers that I need to cage the Banes and more answers can be found in Moonshade.

Back to Moonshade

Ultima VII Part Two - Day 8

After helping out the Gwani they tell me where there is an ice raft and using this I can get to the ice dragons lair. Taking the ice raft I make my way north. I find the lair, sneak inside and meet the mighty ice dragon. No time to think, I release the black sword on him. Time to fill up my bucket with his blood.

I return to Yenani with the blood and she in return gives me a password for SkullCrusher. I head off an enter Skull Crusher. The creepy dungeon reeks with evil. I come across Rudyom’s wand. I think its broken, just make people sneeze now.

Rudyom's Wand

Ultima VII Part Two - Day 7

Well a long, long time between posts, i’ve been playing Wrath of the Liche King. Now where were we? After defeating Rabindrinath I headed to the Great Northern Forest to locate the hound of Doskar. In order to find the hound I need to locate Draygan’s camp.

I located the camp and spoke to Beryl, she then tells me to seek Morghrim. Morghrim is a hermit living in the middle of the Great Northern Forrest. He can show me how to summon the hound if I produce the orb that Draygan stole. He continues to explain I need to kill Draygan using a magic arrow dipped with a solution made from the savior plant. Read More...

Ultima VII Part Two - Day 6

After surviving Furnace Mountains I searched for the Serpent gate to make my way back to the above ground. With a flash I was transported to the Dark Path, where I could make my way back to Monitor.

I was to head north past the Gorlab swamp but I was soon overtaken by the unstoppable slumber of the swamps. Just before I entered into a deep sleep I saw a glimpse of the Serpent. Read More...

Ultima VII Part Two - Day 5

Now that I have my black sword back I returned to the town and speak with Gustacio. He is conducting some kind of weather experiments and needs help.


Gustacio is getting closer to finding out what is going on. I complete the experiments he asks me to do and re-group with my friends after they were teleported away.

Ultima VII Part Two - Day 4

After finding the mandrake roots on Monk Isle I finally got my spell book back. Great news as I was a little unprotected without it. I was then approached by Frigidazzi and she says to meet her at midnight, as she has something for me.

Getting ready

Sure enough she has something for me :)