The blue tassles are a very important item in Ultima II. Without one of these, it is impossible to commandeer a ship. However, if the Stranger finds blue tassles, entering an enemy ship at the coast convinces the crew to give command to the Stranger.
The fact that Earth's surface is two-thirds water shows the importance of the blue tassles.
- They are found as loot from human enemies.
- More than one set of blue tassles can be obtained.
- The blue tassles can be stolen by thieves; if this happens, previously commandeered vessels will not accept the player as a captain until another set of tassles is acquired, but they will not attack.
- "Tassles" is a spelling mistake. It should have been spelled "tassels."