Fletchers and Bowyers

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Fletchers and bowyers are specialised shops for missile weapons and their ammunition.

Description[edit]

Fletchers and bowyers are shops in Britannia that solely specialize on missile weapons, having arrows, bolts, bows, and crossbows in their selection, with the occasional enchanted bow as well. While other weapon shops sell these items as well, they never do in the broad selection and quality as these specialized shops, which however demand a higher price for their superior wares.

Without question, the bowyer that is held in highest regard throughout all of Britannia is Iolo Fitzowen, the proprietor of the establishment that has come to be called "Iolo's Bows", having branches in Britain and Serpent's Hold. It has the best selection and quality of all shops, but also the highest prices.

History[edit]

Age of Enlightenment[edit]

These specialized shops only appeared for the first time in Ultima V in form of Iolo's Bows, prior to this, they were integrated into weapon shops. Despite Iolo being an outlaw, business seemed to be a good as always. The situation essentially was the same in Ultima VI, with Iolo's Bows still being the main bowyer in Britannia, although ammunition production went to the fletcher Lynn during that time.

Age of Armageddon[edit]

The situation in Britannia changed little in the Age of Armageddon in Ultima VII, with Iolo's Bows still providing the most complete catalogue of missile weapons and their ammunition, although other provisioners and armouries by then at least sold ammunition and the basic bows and crossbows as well.

Due to the Great Cataclysm, Iolo's Bows went out of business and by Ultima IX, numerous fletchers and bowyers had appeared in Britannia, splintering the market in terms of prices and supply.

Lore[edit]

Many are the fletchers and bowyers of Britannia, but none are held in higher esteem than those of the town of Britain. The ingenious engineering and high quality of their arrows, bolts, bows, and crossbows is known throughout the land. This is due mainly to the great skill of the master bowyer, Iolo Fitzowen, proprietor of Iolo's Bows. Iolo and his apprentice, Gwenneth, can be of great assistance to archers.
Without question, the bowyer that is held in highest regard throughout all of Britannia is Iolo Fitzowen, the proprietor of the establishment that has come to be called "Iolo's Bows." So popular is this bowyer's shop that a similar establishment was set up in Serpent's Hold.

Notable Examples[edit]

  • Iolo's Bows is the most famous and important specialised ranged-weapons shop in Britannia, having provided weapons and ammo for many years.
  • Leon, the bowyer of Britain in Ultima IX, who has specialised in a triple-arrow shot.
  • Raliegh, the bowyer of Yew in Ultima IX, who has specialized in burning arrows.

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