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Gate Travel

  • Words of Power: VAS REL POR
  • Reagents: SA, BP, MR
  • Circle: 7th

Not everyone has an Orb of the Moons at their disposal. In order to make use of the Moongates from anywhere without a loss of time, this useful spell was created. Upon casting it, a blue Moongate will open, transporting the spellcaster and the party to any of the eight Moongates on the surface of Britannia.

It was once rumored that revealing the components of the spell would render it useless, but this obviously is not the case, otherwise it wouldn't be recorded here.

Ultima IVEdit

Destinations Moonglow Britain Jhelom Yew Minoc Trinsic Skara Brae Magincia
Phases 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Lore Edit

In the repertoire of teleportation enchantments, Gate Travel is by far the most powerful. This is because it not only utilizes the reagents and chants of most magics, but also the power of the gates of the moons that control the very oceans and tides. The moongates are located throughout Britannia, and appear only at certain phases of the twin moons Trammel and Felucca. To cast the spell of Gate Travel, one must speak the name of the moons as the reagents are stirred. As the enchantment takes effect, the spellcaster and any companions will be instantly carried to the location of the desired moongate. It has been a long-standing tradition among the practitioners of the mystic arts to zealously guard the secret of the components of the Gate Travel spell. It is said that revealing these reagents will seal the use of the gates to the one who divulged the key. Of course, none have dared to speak of them for fear of losing one of the most powerful and exhausting spells in the lore of enchantment. This writer is no exception to this belief.

- from The Book of Mystic Wisdom (Ultima IV)

A moongate traveler cannot rely on magic alone. The knowledge of the influence of the moon's phases is also required. Take a black pearl and shine it well. Bury the pearl in a clean piece of mandrake root. Sprinkle the whole with sulphurous ash and expose the conglomeration to the moons during one night. In the morning it will be a fine silver powder. To travel, cast the powder in the direction of the gate to be reached while speaking the name of that gate's town followed by Vas Rel Por. Immediately drop to the ground and meditate on the proper phases of the moon for that gate. Instantly, the party will be there.

- from Book of Lore (Ultima V)

Trivia Edit

  • A spell of the same name, but with different effects, appeared in both of the Underworlds.

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