Ultima VII: The Black Gate + Forge of Virtue

Thy Message Received!

by For-Lem Translated by Jillian

Within this diary is revealed the poor treatment of the gargoyle race since the return of the Codex two centuries ago.

"To have noticed that humans remain uncomfortable with us. They have given us our own island to populate, but is this gift designed to keep us segregated? To have wondered why so few gargoyles leave Terfin. To have no more doubts, having lived in Vesper. To see the hatred for our race. To see, to FEEL, the disgust. To understand not, for it was humans who destroyed OUR land, not gargoyles. To seek communication. To seek friendship. To seek trust. To speculate that none are forthcoming.

To ask the humans, "Why?" To see the terror and loathing and to know there will be no answer given. To hope for a future of harmony, but to realize that, with segregation, there can be none. To hope for education of both races, for our children and ourselves. To hope, and to live..."


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The Orb of the Moons glows, and the Avatar finds that a red moongate has appeared behind the house. The Avatar thus returns to Britannia through the moongate, and arrives in Trinsic, where he[7] meets Iolo. Iolo tells him that two centuries have passed since he left. The whole town is shocked due to a ritualistic murder that occurred the preceding night - the body of the blacksmith Christopher was found in the stable. Finnigan, Mayor of Trinsic, asks the Avatar to investigate the incident.

In Trinsic, the Avatar gets to meet several members of a new religious organization called the Fellowship. Eventually, in Britain, he meets Batlin, one of the founders of the Fellowship. He also meets Lord British, who urges the Avatar to join the Fellowship, which, according to him, has done a lot of good things. It also turns out most of the mages of the realm have gone completely insane without any good explanation, and their magic doesn't work as it should.

Forge of Virtue was an expansion pack that adds a quest to Ultima VII in which the Avatar must pass a series of tests to revalidate himself in the three principles of Truth, Love, and Courage, and destroy the last remnants of Exodus.

With the expansion, an earthquake takes place at the beginning of the game. After speaking to Lord British about the tremors, the player will be given free use of a ship called The Golden Ankh, and can visit the Isle of Fire to begin the expansion subquests. The Isle of Fire was previously the site of Castle Exodus in Ultima III, and reappears only during this game.

Launch Year: 1992
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