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During the events of Ultima I, eight princesses have been imprisoned by the eight kings of Sosaria, for reasons unknown. These women, whatever their crimes, prove essential to the Stranger's quest to slay Mondain, revealing to the hero the location of the fabled time machine.

DescriptionEdit

Little is known about this company of women, or their relations to the kings which hold them in bondage. Given their implied noble blood, it is possible that the eight princesses were victims of the ongoing feuds between the city-states of old Sosaria, having been taken captive to exact leverage over the rulers of other lands.[1] Their ability to restore the health of others certainly bears similarity to the service which the kings of Sosaria provided in such an age. Whatever the reasons for their imprisonment, such women were held in captivity within every fief, even within the domains of seemingly virtuous men such as Lord British and Shamino Salle' Dacil.

The key to the princesses' chambers was held by the ubiquitous jester "Gwino" (possibly a bastardization of Gwenno) in each keep, and to free any of their number it became necessary for the Stranger to slay the fool, earning the immediate ire of the castle guards and the displeasure of the lord. Once free, each woman would reward the hero with gold and healing, and upon the hero's attainment of the title of "Space Ace," (an appellation gained by slaying twenty of Mondain's "star-walking" allies) the princesses would surrender the secret of the time machine.

Names and CaptorsEdit

The names of the eight princesses and those of their captors are listed in the chart below.

Princess Imprisoning King Land
Beth The King of the Black Dragon Lands of the Dark Unknown
Cassandra The Lord of the Castle of the Lost King Lands of Lord British
Dianne Shamino Salle' Dacil Lands of Danger and Despair
Donna The Lord of Castle Rondorin Lands of the Feudal Lords
Julia Lord Cantabrigian British Lands of Lord British
Kristen The Lord of the Castle of Olympus Lands of the Dark Unknown
Lori The King of the White Dragon Lands of Danger and Despair
Marsha The Lord of Castle Barataria (potentially Ozymandias) Lands of the Feudal Lords

TriviaEdit

  • It is unknown if Princess Julia bears any relation to the later famed companion of the Avatar, although it is known that Richard Garriott once dated a woman named Julia,[2] which may explain the eponymous princess within Lord British's castle.
  • A Lori Ogwulu is credited for her graphic design work in the manual for the 1988 remake of Ultima I. It is possible that she is the real world analogue for Princess Lori.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Albert, David. "The Adventure". The First Age of Darkness (Ultima I). Origin Systems, Inc.: 1986. Page 1.
  2. McCubbin, Chris; Ladyman, David. "An Interview with Richard Garriott". Prima's Official Guide to Ultima IX: Ascension. Prima Publishing: 1999. Page 292.
  3. Albert, David. The First Age of Darkness (Ultima I). Origin Systems, Inc.: 1986. Page 19.

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