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Ness Creatures
Ness Creature
Ness Creature, from Ultima I manual
Also known as: Sea Monster
First appearance: Ultima I
Last appearance: Ultima II, "Sea Monster"

The ness creatures (or "sea monsters") were the bane of all seamen. Found in lakes and oceans, it was a serious threat to shipping whenever it is encountered. The existence of these creatures was eventually verified when one sank the frigate Pembroke in full view of an armada. These creatures disappeared after the destruction of Minax.

They were found, as said, in the ocean.

The ness creatures only appeared in the Age of Darkness, in Ultima I and Ultima II, changing little between the two instalments other than the renaming in II.


The seas surrounding Sosaria are home to a number of beasts, among which numbers the dread Ness Creature. For many years these reptilian behemoths were thought to be naught but the workings of the overwrought imaginations of mariners. The sinking of the frigate Pembroke in plain view of a small armada hath disproven this belief.

- from The First Age of Darkness (Ultima I)

If it weren't so big, it might be a swan - until it comes after your frigate.

- from The Second Age of Darkness (Ultima II)

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