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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Spoony One posits that Lord British is actually a totalitarian tyrant ruling a Crapsaccharine World. He lets the player mangle the space-time continuum into a knot to defeat Mondain and Minax before setting up himself up as a supreme ruler of the world which he declares united under his banner, and persons who disagree with his rule are exiled to Serpent Isle. He sets up the quest of the Avatar so you can prove yourself a worthy champion of his new religion, which involves you invading a shrine erected by the Gargoyles (though British didn't know it was their shrine) and stealing their holy book for yourself. That's also not to mention all the problems that Britannia is constantly dealing with that Lord British and his men are powerless to stop, forcing them to summon the Avatar for aid again and again. Spoony also notes that in the setting shift from Ultima III to Ultima IV, which was when Lord British united the world and began the Virtue system, several races were written out of the franchise's lore; Spoony suggests that this is because as part of his One World Order, Lord British enacted a genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing and exterminated those other races.
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  • Awesome Music / What Could Have Been: The music of Ultima X was sumptuous.
  • Genius Bonus: The Eight Virtues are the complete power set of the Three Principles.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This series wasn't merely Big In Japan, it sparked the entire Eastern RPG subgenre there.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Lord British's name.
    • Even earlier than that.
    • Original Ultima required you to become so wealthy you could just buy a spaceship. Fast-forward a few decades and Richard Gariott is so wealthy that he is buying a trip onto a space station for funsies.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Yahtzee once described the series as "needlessly obtuse." He wasn't wrong, but there wasn't exactly much competition for a long, long time. In an age where role-playing games of all kinds are now much more plentiful and overall more streamlined, Ultima in comparison can seem much more quaint and very cumbersome. The series as a whole is still greatly respected though.
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  • Sequelitis: Whether the series started going downhill from Serpent Isle or Pagan is up to personal opinion, but there's no denying that the series ended at a low point.


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