|The Book of Virtues|
|The Virtue System - White Stag Inn - Roleplayer's Discussion Forum|
|A Summary of Ultima's Virtues, by Joshua Rowan|
| What makes the Ultima Universe unique to any other game on the market today? Easy - It's philosophy of ethics that it instills in the people that play it. In no other virtual world will you find the need to decide between justly taking a thief into custody or compassionately letting him go so that he can bring stolen bread to his starving children. And in no other place will you feel compelled to fight for or struggle against the principles that these virtues represent. Ultima Online will be not just a game now, but a living world full of cultural and philosophical differences for you to struggle with. With that in mind, we present you with a breakdown of the Principles and Virtues of Ultima.
First, we begin with the contents of a book found within the world of Ultima Online, simply called Virtue by Lord British (also found in our Books Section:
Within this world live people with many different ideals, and this is good. Yet what is it within the people of our land that sorts out the good from the evil, the cherished form the disdained? Virtue, I say it is, and virtue is the logical outcome of a people who wish to live together in a bonded society.With that in mind, we look further into the meaning of each Principle and Virtue. Read on and enjoy.
...the states of virtue by which the soul possesses truth by way of affirmation or denial are five in number, i.e., art, scientific knowledge, practical wisdom, philosophic wisdom, intuitive reason; we do not include judgment and opinion because in these we may be mistaken.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
Fate often saves an undoomed warrior when his courage endures.
Derived From: Love
Original Class: Bard
Original Home City: Britain
Opposing Dungeon: Despise
Compassion is nonjudgmental empathy for one's fellow creatures. - Ultima V
Human is to have compassion on the unhappy.
Derived From: Truth
Original Class: Mage
Original Home City: Moonglow
Opposing Dungeon: Deceit
Honesty is scrupulous respect for truth - the willingness never to deceive oneself or another. - Ultima V
I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy.
Derived From: Truth and Courage
Original Class: Paladin
Original Home City: Trinsic
Opposing Dungeon: Shame
Honor is the courage to stand for the truth, against any odds. - Ultima V
Nothing is less worthy of honor than an old man who has no other evidence of having lived long except his age
Derived From: Absence of Any Principle
Original Class: Shepherd
Original Home City: Magincia
Opposing Dungeon: None In Ultima Online
Humility is perceiving one's place in the world, not according to one's own accomplishments, but according to the intrinsic value of all individuals. - Ultima V
The greatest friend of Truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility
Derived From: Truth and Love
Original Class: Druid
Original Home City: Yew
Opposing Dungeon: Wrong
Justice is the devotion to truth, tempered by love. - Ultima V
There is one universal law....That law is justice. Justice forms the cornerstone of each nation's law.
Derived From: Love and Courage
Anti-Virtue: Covetous (also Greed)
Original Class: Tinker
Original Home City: Minoc
Opposing Dungeon: Covetous
Anti-Class: Not Known
Sacrifice is the courage to give of oneself in the name of love. - Ultima V
The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Derived From: Truth, Love, and Courage
Anti-Virtue: Hythloth (also Sacrilege)
Original Class: Ranger
Original Home City: Skara Brae
Opposing Dungeon: Hythloth
Anti-Class: Not Known
Spirituality is the concern with one's inner being and how one deals with truth, love, and courage. - Ultima V
The natural inheritance of everyone who is capable of spiritual life is an unsubdued forest where the wolf howls and the obscene bird of night chatters.
Derived From: Courage
Original Class: Fighter
Original Home City: Jhelom
Opposing Dungeon: Destard
Valor is the courage to take actions in support of one's convictions. - Ultima V
It is a brave act of valour to contemn death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valour to dare to live.