Opening a chest

  • Words of Power: AN SANCT
  • Reagents: BM, SA
  • Circle: 2nd

Magic users are mostly pragmatic people. However, there are some that think magic trumps everything and frown on physical work. The jimmying of a door or chest with Lockpicks is beneath them. Instead they use this spell, which automatically his a 100% chance of picking the lock, as long as the lock isn't too complicated (meaning it needs a special key). As a bonus, this spell also includes the Destroy Trap spell, which will de-arm any kind of trap on the targeted spell, while the lock is opened.

Note that the spell is only useful for mechanical locks. Magic locks need the spell Unlock Magic.


There was once a time when all beings were fair and just. The principal vessel used for the transport of one's worldly possessions in these times was the wooden chest, which is still the popular means. But since the coming of the evil ones and their lasting influence on the inhabitants of our fair land, the practice of placing obnoxious and sometimes lethal traps on the locks of chests has become quite commonplace. Virtually all folk use such devices, even the denizens of the underworld who guard naught but ill-gotten wealth. To bypass these sinister mechanisms the thaumaturge need but utter the chant “Appar Unem” and sprinkle a mix of Sulphurous Ash and Blood Moss on the offending lock. The flash of the Sulphurous Ash powers the movement potential of the Blood Moss and the lock will open itself safely, leaving the contents of the chest at the disposal of the spellcaster.

- from The Book of Mystic Wisdom (Ultima IV)

Many evil creatures carry chests full of treasure and useful items, often the result of thievery against some other good Britannian. No good person begrudges the vanquisher a monster's gold and good, but evil creatures often arm their chests with deadly traps. Popular chest traps are acid sprays, poison fumes, bombs and gaseous atmospheres. The first two are designed with intent to destroy the individual tampering with the lock. The last two a affect the entire area of the chest and injure anyone in that area. An Sanct used blood moss and sulphurous ash to seep into hidden traps and render them impotent. The spell also negates any non-magical locks in the chest. The same spell may be used to unlock doors locked by mechanical keys.

- from Book of Lore (Ultima V)


  • This spell works very similar to the Open spell of Ultima IV

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