Ultima VI - The False Prophet
IN THE BEGINNING...
When you start out the game, you're in combat with gargoyles. Kill them
off, obviously. After combat, pick up any items from them and talk to Lord
British. He will explain what has been happening since your last visit to
Make sure you ask him about the stone you're carrying. The Orb of Moons
is like carrying around a multipurpose moongate, but you can't use it until
Lord British explains it to you. The chart below shows your destinations
depending on where you use it. Assuming you are standing in the center, at
í‰íííí‘íííí‘íííí‘íííí‘íííí» A - Moonglow N - noplace
Âº A Â³ B Â³ C Â³ D Â³ E Âº B - Shrine of Honesty O - Yew
í‡í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í„Â¶ C - Britain P - Shrine of Spirituality
Âº F Â³ G Â³ H Â³ I Â³ J Âº D - Shrine of Compassion Q - The Gargoyle Altar
í‡í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í„Â¶ E - Jhelom R - Shrine of Diligence
Âº K Â³ L Â³ M Â³ N Â³ O Âº F - Shrine of Humility S - Isle of the Avatar
í‡í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í„Â¶ G - Shrine of Control T - Shrine of Justice
Âº P Â³ Q Â³ R Â³ S Â³ T Âº H - Castle of Lord British U - Skara Brae
í‡í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í…í„í„í„í„Â¶ I - Shrine of Passion V - Shrine of Honor
Âº U Â³ V Â³ W Â³ X Â³ Y Âº J - Shrine of Valor W - Trinsic
íˆííííííííííííííííííííÂ¼ K - New Magincia X - Shrine of Sacrifice
L - noplace Y - Minoc
The Gargoyle Altar is where you were almost sacrificed before Iolo,
Dupre, and Shamino rescued you in the introduction. The Shrines of Control,
Passion, and Diligence are Gargoyle Shrines, and it's not important to visit
By using this stone, you can visit all the major cities and shrines
without a sea-going vessel, with the exception of Buccaneer's Den. You can
either take a ship or follow the sewers under the Castle.
Arms and armor - The easiest way to get armor and armament is to buy
them, but you don't have much gold to start with. Anything you kill in
combat, search them. Whatever they're carrying is yours for the taking. You
can eventually get a few sets of plate mail and swords like this.
For some reason, no matter what weapon you give Iolo, he keeps going back
to his crossbow. That's a bard for ya. Because of this, keep him well
supplied with crossbow bolts. There's a triple crossbow to be found, which is
great in combat, but it uses bolts faster. Also, anyone you equip with bows,
make sure they don't run out of arrows or they're worthless in combat.
Finally, you will need your spellbook. You can't cast magic without a
spellbook and reagents. At the start of the game, you'll find your spellbook
and a bag of reagents in a room to the southwest of the throne room. You
don't start with a lot of spells, but you can get more from the various mages
around the country. Reagents can be bought, and there are some places where
you'll find them. (Spider Cave is loaded with spider silk, for example.)
Unlike Ultima IV and V, all the spells used in the game are covered in
the Compendium. Spells of the Eighth Circle will not be available to you
until you prove yourself worthy. If you happen to come across the spell
called "Armageddon" - well, save your game before you try it. :)
OKAY, NOW WHAT?
If you spoke to Lord British, he gave you your first quest - free the
shrines. Nystul (Lord British's mage) will tell you to take the book Iolo is
carrying and take it to Mariah at the Lycaeum.
The shrines first: To free a shrine, you have to have the rune for that
virtue, and know the mantra. By asking around various towns, you can find out
the mantras. If you played Ultima IV and/or V, the mantras are the same.
Honesty - AHM
Compassion - MU
Valor - RA
Justice - BEH
Sacrifice - CAH
Honor - SUMM
Spirituality - OM
Humility - LUM
Not all of the runes are simple to get to - here's a short description:
Rune of Honesty - Buried with Beyvin, under Moonglow. Talk to Manrel to get
the key to Beyvin's tomb. There is a secret door in the Blue Bottle Tavern
that leads to the underground crypts. (There's a lot of other neat stuff down
there too - take a couple of "Unlock Magic" spells down with you.)
Rune of Compassion - Ariana in Britain's Conservatory has it. You have to get
permission from her mother Anya in the Blue Boar Tavern in Britain before she
will give it to you.
Rune of Valor - In the Sword and Keg tavern in Jhelom, there's a mouse hole.
Take Sherry, the mouse from Lord British's castle, and put her in sole mode to
get it out of the mouse hole.
Rune of Justice - Under a plant in The Slaughtered Lamb in Yew.
Rune of Sacrifice - Selganor of the Artisian's Guild in Minoc will only give
it to you if you can play "Stones" on a panpipe. Buy a yew log from Ben
Hurlsom west of Yew. Take it to a sawmill and have it cut into a board. Take
the board to Julia in Minoc, who will carve it into a set of panpipes.
Finally, go to Gwenno (also in Minoc) who knows the numerical notation for
Stones. (If you played Ultima V, it's the same notation you used on the
harpsichord.) Go back to Selganor and tell him the notation.
Rune of Honor - Standing on a pedastal in the middle of Trinsic.
Rune of Spirituality - Marney in Skara Brae has it in her Hope Chest.
Rune of Humility - Tell Lord Antonio of New Magincia the name of the humblest
person in the town and he will give you the Rune.
Once you have all the runes, go free the shrines. To do this, you'll
probably have to battle gargoyles. They are NOT easy to beat, at least not
early in the game. (Magic and increased strength help.) Once the shrine is
clear, go up to the shrine and Use the rune for that virtue. Chant the
mantra, and the moonstone will be freed from the force field. Take it, and go
do the same with the other shrines.
When you have enough experience to raise a level, meditate on one of the
shrines. (Talk to it, and then chant the mantra.) Depending on the shrine
you meditate on, one or more attributes will be raised.
Assuming you have enough experience to raise a level:
Honesty - raises Intelligence by 3 points
Compassion - raises Dexterity by 3 points
Valor - raises Strength by 3 points
Justice - raises Intelligence and Dexterity by 1 point each
Sacrifice - raises Dexterity and Strength by 1 point each
Honor - raises raises Intelligence and Strength by 1 point each
Sprituality - Intelligence, Strength, and Dexterity by 1 point each
Humilty - No raise in attributes
THE BOOK OF PROPHECY
After freeing all shrines, the next thing to follow up on is the Book.
Take it to Mariah at the Lycaeum, who will tell you what she knows, but needs
the other half of a stone tablet to translate it. She directs you to the
gypsies from whom she bought her half of the tablet.
There are two groups of gypsies. The group you want has a gypsy named
Taynith and is led by Zoltan. In addition to being a cheap source of
reagents, Zoltan will tell you that the other half of the Stone Tablet was
taken by the pirate Hawkins. Best place to find a pirate is in Buccaneer's
Den, so that's the next place to go.
Seek out Homer, who sailed with Hawkins. He knows of the tablet, but
will only talk about it to a fellow member of the Thieves Guild. He send you
to Budo, who says he's a provisioner. Mention the Guild to him, and he will
accept you only if you can steal a belt from a former member called Phoenix.
She can be found in the sewers under Castle Britannia, which is connected with
the cave behind Budo's house. Phoenix wields two glass swords, which kill
with one blow. I found it easier to use an invisibility ring, and cast
Pickpocket to steal the belt. May as well take the swords too. They're great
in combat, and you'll need one later.
Take the belt back to Homer, who will tell you the tablet is with
Hawkin's buried treasure. The treasure map was torn into nine pieces, and you
(of course) have to go find them. He will tell you the location of five of
The first piece is with a shipwreck at 71N, 15E.
The second piece is with a pirate Ybarra, who is lost at the bottom of the
Dungeon Shame. You can trade him food for the map.
The third piece belonged to Heftimus the Beggar, only he lost it in Dungeon
Wrong. It's on the third level beyond a secret door.
The fourth piece is on the body of Hawknose, who was is at the bottom of the
Sandy, the cook in Trinsic, knows the wherabouts of the last pieces. He'll
trade the information for a dragon's egg from the bottom of Dungeon Destard.
Kill spells work great on dragons, but be ready - they can cast many of the
same spells you can.
The fifth piece is with Lord Whitsabre of Trinsic. Tell him his pirate name
and he'll give you the map piece.
The sixth piece is with the insane pirate Bonn on Dagger Isle. Search his
The seventh piece is supposed to be with the widow of Nathaniel Moorehead near
Empath Abbey. She'll tell you a group of gypsies stole it. Find Arturos
(with the other group of gypsies I mentioned) who will sell it for 50gp if you
say no to his original price of 100gp.
The eighth piece is with Morchella, who lives east of Serpent's Hold. She
will trade it for a magic shield. If you take a curved heater with a serpent
on it, a gold nugget, and a magic gem to Gherick at Siegecrafters, he will
make a magic shield.
Return to Homer with the eight pieces, who tells you he had the ninth
piece all along. He will tell you how many paces to walk, and where to dig.
Buy a shovel at the Thieves Guild, arrange the map on the floor so the lines
are lined up, and you should see an island with an X on it. (South of New
The three rocks Homer spoke of are on the eastern shore; from there walk
3 south, 9 west, and then 12 south. Dig to the south (there was a hydra there
when I did this) and enter the hole. There are a lot of traps set, so be
careful. When you get to a place that says "Drop to your death" you will have
a few passages to choose from. Take the hole with thhe gold nugget next to it
- all others will land you in lava. Once you find the treasure room, take the
storm cloak, tablet piece, and the magic fan. (With the fan you won't need
wind change spells.) Anything else in there, while not technically yours for
the taking, is up to you. Once done there, take the storm cloak to Homer.
Take the tablet piece back to Mariah. She will tell you what the Book
says, which is the reason the gargoyles are attacking. She will then send you
to Sin'Vraal (who, up until now, was believed to be a daemon.) Sin'Vraal will
give you some more information, and send you to gargoyle world via Hythloth.
UP, UP, AND AWAY...
Sin'Vraal will tell you of a Gargoyle Shrine that can only be reached by
air. Gargoyles can fly to it - you can't. So, you have to find a way to fly
over the mountains to the Temple of Singularity. (The Gargoyles' version of
The Temple of the Codex.)
Through talking to various people you may have picked up information
about a balloonist. Talk to Selganor in Minoc, or Isabella. You will
eventually be told to find his body in the castle of Sutek the Mad, who is
living in Blackthorn's old palace. (If you've played Ultima V, you know where
the palace is. Non-veterans - the palace is on an island west of the Isle of
You'll need either a powder keg or an Explosion spell to blast the door
open, then use Telekinesis to lower the drawbridge. From there look for
secret doors on walls that take you to the north, a room with switches to
raise the portcullises, and eventually you'll find his laboratory.
You'll learn from Sutek that the balloonist is in the dungeons below the
palace. South of the laboratory is the ladder leading down. Switches will
open doors, but don't touch the levers unless you want to fight useless
battles. The southern ladder will take you to Pushme Pullyu. One head
always lies, the other speaks truth. Good place to save your game, cause the
wrong path takes you to Buccaneer's Cave, with a long way back.
You'll find the balloonist's hody on the fourth level down, with the
plans still on him. According to the plans, you'll need a large bag, a
basket, a cauldron, and rope. The cauldron you can find in the sewers of
Britain, or Dungeon Covetous. The rope can be bought from Mortude in Paws.
SHow the plans to Michelle in Minoc, who can make the basket. For the bag,
buy 40 strands of spider silk and take them to Arbeth in Paws to spin them to
thread. Charlotte in New Magincia can weave it into cloth, and Marissa in
Paws will make the silk bag from the cloth. Use the plans to assemble the
balloon, and head for Hythloth.
INTO THE DEPTHS
The Orb of Moons can take you quickly to the Gargoyle world, but at this
point, the Gargoyles still see you as a threat, and will attack. You have to
talk to Captain Johne first, who lives on the lower level of Hythloth. (Heck
of a place to live...) Talk to him, who will tell you what he knows and give
you a scroll. Use this scroll to be able to communicate with the Gargoyles.
Upon exiting the cave to the Gargoyle world, you will meet Beh Lem, the
gargoyle child Johne spoke of. He will join you, and give you directions to
his father, Valkadesh. Valkadesh will explain the Prophecy, and that he
believes there is a way of averting it. He will send you to Lord Draxinusom
to surrender to the Gargoyles so you can travel freely within the city.
Surrender to Lord Draxinusom, telling him Valkadesh sent you. He will
give you the Amulet of Submission, which you must wear at all times in the
Gargoyle Realm. From there talk to Naxatilor the Seer, and ask him of the
meaning of sacrifice. He will tell you there are three meanings to sacrifice
- self, others, and valuables. Since sacrificing yourself is what you have
been trying to avoid, and you certainly don't want to sacrifice your friends,
you must sacrifice that which is valuable. The only thing of value to the
Gargoyles is the Codex, and Naxatilor will ask if you mean destroying the
Codex. Answer no, leaving only one alternative - return the Codex to the
Vortex, from where you "stole" it back in Ultima IV.
Naxatilor tells you to seek out the Book of Rituals in the Hall of
Knowledge. It will tell of two lenses and the Vortex Lens. The Lens is in
the Vortex Room, but it is cracked. The Vortex Cube was stolen. Take the
lens to the Lensmaker, who will fix it. Take the lens back to Naxatilor, who
will tell you what else you need. A concave lens to match the Vortex Lens,
and to consult the Codex for final instructions.
Remembering what you know about the Codex, you cannot approach it without
being ona Sacred Quest. Captain Bolesh at the healers will suggest you see
the Temple of Singularity. This is where the balloon comes in. Go to the
end of the trail north of the Gargoyle Altar, and Use the balloon. Use either
Wind Change spells or the fan fron Hawkin's treasure room. Go north, and exit
the balloon. You'll see the Temple, with the Book of Infinity, and the stands
for the Book of Prophecy (which you have) and the Book of the Codex. (Which
is on the Isle of the Avatar.) Talk to the Temple and say "quest." The
Temple will ask for whom do you seek the Codex. Since you're trying to save
everyone, the answer is "all." The Temple will tell you to seek out the
shrines of Control, Passion, and Diligence. Visit the Shrines, and talk to
the statues of your first three enemies, Mondain, Minax, and Exodus. Each
statue will tell you a mantra; combined the mantras form the Mantra of
Singularity. Go back to the Temple of Singularity, put them together, and
say it to the Temple. It will send you on your way to the Codex.
The first thing upon reaching the Britannia is to find the stolen Vortex
Cube. The caretaker of the Hall of Knowledge will tell you to find Stonegate.
(Ultima V veterans will know where this is, and remember it as the old home of
the Shadowlords.) There is a family of Cyclops living there now; the father
wants fish. Take a fishing pole, catch some fish by the water, and trade it
to the cyclops for a key. The Vortex Cube is on the fourth level behind a
wall of lightning. Dispel the field and you've got it.
You can use the Orb of Moons to get to the Codex in a hurry; approach the
Codex and read it. It will give the final instructions:
"To return the Codex to the Vortex, place a convex lens exactly midway between
the Codex and the Flame of Singularity, so that the light from the flame
converges on the Codex. Place a concave lens between the Codex and the Flame
of Infinity, so that its light diverges over the Codex. Then place the eight
moonstones within the Vortex Cube. Set it on the ground in front of the
Codex, and use it to return the Codex from whence it came."
(and wait 200 years for Ultima VII - The Black Gate)
Thanks to Revolution reader Mort Grumlich!