This edifice was one of eight major sites in the realm which adventurers once quested to find, in search of power or at the behest of the numerous kings of the land. In particular, the Stranger would be sent to this location at the command of the lord of the Castle of Olympus of the Lands of the Dark Unknown.
The pedestal of the pillar read "My name is Ozymandias, / king of kings, / look at my works, / Ye mighty, and despair /Nothing beside remains." Those who approached this artifact would be overcome by strange magical forces, and would often leave much wiser and better capable of performing holy magics.
After the death of Mondain, and the sundering of Sosaria, this pillar, like many prominent landmarks, vanished with the passing of time. It is not known what became of it.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away
- From Rosalind and Helen, a modern eclogue, with other poems (Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1819)
- Ozymandias is a transliteration into Greek of the throne-name of Ramesses II of Egypt, and was famously employed in the poem by Shelley which is quoted on the in-game artifact.
- In Ultima II, King Ozymandias is the lord of the Castle Barataria - a place which can be found on the mysterious Planet X.
|Lands of Lord British (just Sosaria in Ultima III)|
|Cities|| Britain ☥ Dawn ☥ Death Gulch ☥ Devil Guard ☥ Grey ☥ Montor |
Moon ☥ Fawn ☥ Paws ☥ Tune ☥ Yew
|Castles||Castle of Lord British ☥ Castle of the Lost King|
|Landmarks||The Pillars of Protection ☥ The Tower of Knowledge|
|Dungeons (Ultima I)||Death's Awakening ☥ The Dungeon of Doubt ☥ The Dungeon of Montor ☥ The Dungeon of Perinia ☥ The Lost Caverns ☥ The Mines of Mt. Drash ☥ The Mines of Mt. Drash II ☥ Mondain's Gate to Hell ☥ The Unholy Hole|
|Dungeons (Ultima III)||Dardin's Pit ☥ Dungeon of Doom ☥ Dungeon of Fire ☥ Dungeon of the Snake ☥ Dungeon of Time ☥ Mines of Morinia ☥ Perinian Depths|
|Islands and Other Sites||Ambrosia ☥ Isle of Fire ☥ Mt. Drash|
|Lands of Danger and Despair|
|Cities||The Brother ☥ Bulldozer ☥ Dextron ☥ Gorlab ☥ Lost Friends ☥ Magic ☥ Turtle ☥ Wheeler|
|Castles||Castle of the White Dragon ☥ Shamino's Castle|
|Landmarks||Grave of the Lost Soul ☥ The Eastern Sign Post|
|Dungeons||The Dead Cat's Life ☥ The Dead Cat's Life II ☥ Dead Man's Walk ☥ The Dungeon of Doom ☥ Free Death Hole ☥ The Hole to Hades ☥ The Morbid Adventure ☥ The Skull Smasher ☥ The Spine Breaker|
|Lands of the Feudal Lords|
|Cities||Arnold ☥ Gerry ☥ Helen ☥ John ☥ Linda ☥ Owen ☥ The Snake ☥ Wolf|
|Castles||Castle Rondorin ☥ Castle Barataria|
|Landmarks||The Pillars of the Argonauts ☥ The Pillar of Ozymandias|
|Dungeons||Advari's Hole ☥ The Dead Warrior's Fight ☥ The Gorgon's Hole ☥ The Horror of the Harpies ☥ The Horror of the Harpies II ☥ The Labyrinth ☥ The Savage Place ☥ Scorpion Hole ☥ Where Hercules Died|
|Lands of the Dark Unknown|
|Cities||Clear Lagoon ☥ Gauntlet☥ Imagination ☥ Nassau ☥ Ponder ☥ Poor ☥ Stout ☥ Wealth|
|Castles||Black Dragon's Castle ☥ Castle of Olympus|
|Landmarks||The Sign Post ☥ The Southern Sign Post|
|Dungeons||The End ☥ The Guild of Death ☥ The Long Death ☥ The Metal Twister ☥ The Slow Death ☥ The Tramp of Doom ☥ The Troll's Hole ☥ The Viper's Pit ☥ The Viper's Pit II|